Redmond — When you only have one job, yet you find a way to still screw it up. That perfectly sums up the OSAA for the first day of volleyball final site championships in Redmond, which is where Classes 2A and 1A are playing their games. NFHS, who signed an eight-year, $800k contract to be the broadcast partner of the OSAA, had no broadcasters at the 2A/1A state championships despite the other four classes having perfectly fine broadcasts aside from typical internet issues. The broadcasts are complete with scoreboards and decent to good viewpoints of the action. However, that never came for Oregon’s smallest classes on Friday.
According to multiple sources, the original broadcaster had to call off due to an urgent personal matter, which left no broadcaster to do the games. The OSAA didn’t have a backup plan in place to get someone to Redmond in time for the 2A/1A semifinals on Friday night, resulting in a slumped camera being placed between the two courts. The camera view partially cuts off the back side of each court, making it difficult to make out the teams and athletes in competition. Upon discovery of this, parents and athletes from 2A/1A were disappointed and frustrated about the situation. Some parents took to social media:
- “That is how the article writers focus as well, for both boys and girls sports. 5A and 6A school articles seem to always be priority. OSAA has seems to have a hard time being fair across all schools”
- “OSAA should do better! 1A deserves the same respect as the bigger schools. Those athletes work just as hard!”
- “100% agree. So sad for the spectators that could not make the trip! 1A and 2A pay the same fee per sport as all other classifications!”
- “What a bunch of crock!! They’ll charge you the same to attend, they’ll charge you the same to watch….but they’ll give you 1/8th the coverage and 0/0 on scores! Highway robbery!”
- “Not equitable at all and not fair to our athletes or their families trying to watch from home. Way to go OSAA, once again letting down the classification that has the largest membership.”
- “Absolutely not ok. Don’t get me started on how 1a gets the shaft every time. How about there are 76 teams in the 1a classification compared to the others. And yet 1A gets a half screen. And not even a half screen of the whole court! DO BETTER OSAA.”
Female athletes in both big and small classifications also took to social media and expressed their opinions on the matter:
- “Girls have worked hard to not even get the coverage that an average 7th grade boys basketball team gets.”
- “Girls always getting the short end of the stick, once again are we surprised?”
- “It just shows that they don’t care about smaller schools, it is sad.”
- “Smaller towns doesn’t mean less important, they are just as good as anyone else.”
- “Bad coverage means girls from small schools have a harder time being scouted.”
- “The fact that they have no backup plan, along with everything else is annoying. It feels, and has felt like throughout the season, that they do not care about us. Even though we are smaller, we are here too and it would be nice to feel like we matter to OSAA. I know that my team and I are frustrated with that.”
In the aftermath of the issues, it was learned that a broadcaster will be in Redmond on Saturday for the consolation rounds and state championship games in Redmond. However, having no backup plans left Classes 2A and 1A finding themselves frustrated and disappointed at the fact that even in their shining moments, there wasn’t any media there to showcase it when everyone else was being shown.