National group declares: Friday is high school football night

Posted August 9

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), an Indiana-based organization that represents 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, adopted a resolution Wednesday asking college and pro sports to reserve Friday nights in the fall for high school football.

The resolution read:

“Be it RESOLVED that every Friday night during the fall in America is ‘High School Football Night.’

“Be it FURTHER RESOLVED that college and professional football teams should refrain from scheduling contests on Friday nights. Such restraint would be an investment in their own future success. It would also demonstrate that high school football has value well beyond the field of play. Schools, communities and scholastic teams for girls and boys all benefit when football is strong.

“THEREFORE, the National Federation of State High School Associations urges all parties to observe the central premise of this resolution.”

The resolution comes in response to the growing number of college football games scheduled for Friday night's primetime window, and the impact of that competition on attendance at high school games.

"The value of tradition cannot be understated," said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director.

"Friday nights offer communities a traditional time and place to congregate and support their students. If a major college football game was scheduled in the area on a Friday night, it could affect attendance at the high school game or cause the game to be moved to another day. In addition, many of the Friday night college games are televised, which could result in lower attendance at high school contests nationwide."


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