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UHSAA branching out into stats with Maxpreps partnership

Published September 15, 2012 3:00 pm

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The Utah High School Activities Association already handles the postseason, the officiating and regulation for athletics for the majority of schools in the state. But the association has just struck a new deal that will help it enterprise in another area.

Scores and statistics.

The UHSAA announced last week it would partner with Maxpreps.com, a CBS Sports site for high school athletics, to create a new hub for school officials to report game scores and record statistics. The deal is expected to generate revenue for the association while making it a more all-encompassing organization.

"The concept behind this is it's a single point of entry for box scores," said Kevin Dustin, one of the assistant directors for the UHSAA. "We know we're going to have a bit of a learning curve, but the goal is to have every score reported on every sport and to present those basic box scores to our media partners."

Dustin and Maxpreps.com officials had an information session on Tuesday for both the presidents of the state coaching associations as well as athletic directors around the state. The session coincided with the regular meetings of these groups, offering them an opportunity to see how the system will work.

The general concensus, Dustin said, has been positive so far from the UHSAA membership.

"It's kind of a next step in our evolution," he said. "For the last few years, we've been pushing more info out about high school sports. We're just trying to meet the demand."

Dustin said the UHSAA would share its scores with local media outlets, including The Tribune. So far, the timeline hasn't been fully worked out, but Dustin said he anticipated that the system would be up and running by basketball season - maybe beforehand depending on participation.

The revenue generated from the site, an undisclosed figure, will go toward the association's general overhead, including venues, payments for officials and other costs.

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