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For Immediate Release                                                              Monday, May 20, 2013


ROOT SPORTS celebrates the 152 schools & over 13,000 athletes
that have contributed to 17 successful years of McDonald's High School Football

ROOT SPORTS™ announced today a continued partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) that would take the regional sports network into its 22nd season of producing and carrying McDonald’s High School Football.

“The commitment of ROOT SPORTS to regional sports programming is well documented. We are delighted that their programming includes the WPIAL Football Championships for the next five years,” said Tim O’Malley, WPIAL Executive Director. “The professional quality of the WPIAL telecasts is first-class and is at the same high level as the telecasts of Pirates and Penguins games.” 

“It’s been an incredible journey covering our region’s high school football programs for nearly two decades,” said Shawn McClintock, Senior VP and General Manager of ROOT SPORTS. “High school football is a tradition deeply embedded in Western Pennsylvania’s history and we look forward to honoring that tradition for many more years to come.”


ROOT SPORTS High School Football Stats Since 1996

 Games: 152

  63 Regular Season, 21 Playoffs & 68 WPIAL Championships

 Schools: 74

  25 Quad-A, 18 Triple-A, 14 Double-A & 17 Single-A

 Counties: 10

  Allegheny (45), Beaver (9), Westmoreland (7), Butler (3), Washington (3),
  Armstrong (2),
Fayette (2), Lawrence (1), Mercer (1), & Greene (1)

 Athletes: 13,000+

  Jon Baldwin, Aliquippa, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011
  Stefen Wisniewski, Central Catholic, drafted by Oakland Raiders in 2011
  Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette, drafted by Oakland Raiders in 2011
  Lucas Nix, Thomas Jefferson, undrafted free agent with Oakland Raiders
  Dom DeCicco, Thomas Jefferson, played for Chicago Bears in 2012
  Mike Shanahan, Norwin, undrafted free agent with New York Jets

“The telecasts permit many people who are unable to attend the games to enjoy the color and excitement of high school football at its best and provides family and the participants with a memorable experience,” stated Jim Collins, Assistant to the WPIAL Executive Director.

ROOT SPORTS will kick-off its 18th season of McDonald’s High School Football this September.  Official schedule will be released and available on this summer.

Click here for printable pdf of ROOT SPORTS' Extends Partnership with the WPIAL to Broadcast High School Football Release.

is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins. The network reaches almost 3.0 million households across five states and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition. ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach nearly 8.9 million households across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.