ROUND ROCK, Texas - You might be able to watch your favorite high school football team play without ever having to leave your home.
With what’s happening with COVID-19, the University Interscholastic League is discussing if they should allow this upcoming high school football season to be live-streamed.
“I think it’s good for this year as we expect some sort of capacity limit with the stadiums,” said Sam Robinson, the head football coach at Cedar Ridge High School.
While there are still talks on just how packed or empty the stadium seats have to be this upcoming season because of COVID-19, one positive Robinson said is that at least everybody has a virtual seat. “All across Texas you have a lot of teams that fill up stadiums every Friday night and I would hate for a parent to not be able to watch their kid play because of stadium capacity,” he said.
While he feels streaming these games is a good idea for this upcoming season, Robinson worries what could happen to lower-income schools if it becomes permanent.
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“Some schools are going to be able to do it and some schools aren’t, that’s just the bottom line,” said Robinson. He said in this situation, it might impact fairness in competing.
“A parent might take their kid over to that school just because he’ll be on TV just like with college, you might go to a school based on how much you’ll be on TV so to keep it level I’d like it not to be a rule year in and year out,” said Robinson.
The current rule to ban live streaming during a game is still in place. The UIL said they are still in talks about lifting it and will provide more information before the football season.
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