WLOS/WMYA parent company to air state football, basketball title games

W.J. Miller Field in October 2015, the day of Polk County's first televised football game with Mitchell. The teams meet again on Oct. 19 on WMYA-TV.

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association and Sinclair Broadcast Group have reached an agreement that will bring the NCHSAA’s annual state championship games in football and basketball to television across the state and beyond.

This initial agreement is for two years and will bring the excitement of eight NCHSAA state championships in football and eight more in basketball to viewers across the state on Sinclair stations and online worldwide through their station websites.

Sinclair Broadcast Group operates more than 200 television stations across the nation and currently operates local stations in three of North Carolina’s seven major television markets. Sinclair operates WLOS and WMYA in Asheville, WXLV and WMYV in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem market and WLFL and WRDC in the Raleigh-Durham market.

Sinclair will also televise select regular season and playoff games for both football and basketball in their local markets, continuing their coverage in the Asheville area this season and adding coverage in the Triad and Triangle markets for the 2018-19 season.

Polk County’s Oct. 19 game with Mitchell is scheduled to be televised on WMYA, marking the third straight season in which the two schools have met on TV.

“We are extremely pleased to find a partner in Sinclair that shares the values of education-based athletics that we uphold at the NCHSAA,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “We are excited for the new opportunities to highlight the great accomplishments of our student-athletes, schools and their communities through this new partnership.”

“The state championships allow the Sinclair Broadcast Group to continue its’ commitment to serving our communities with meaningful local grassroots programming,” said Stephen Mann, Director for High School Programming at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “We are very excited and proud of our partnership with the NCHSAA and look forward to showcasing the schools, the teams and the student-athletes as they reach out to achieve their moment in history in the NCHSAA State Championships.”

The NCHSAA Football State Championships are scheduled for December 9 and Basketball Championships are slated for March 10. A listing of game times and stations will be available on the NCHSAA website the week prior to the Championships.