UPDATE (3:40 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012): The Hudson Raiders defeated the previously unbeaten Appleton North Lightning on a neutral field in Stevens Point in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 1 high school football playoffs on Saturday.
The Raiders will face Arrowhead next week (day, time and location to be determined) for a chance to go to the title game. Hudson Patch will carry the MSBN broadcast of that game.
ORIGINAL POST: The Hudson Raiders (10-0, 7-0 Big Rivers) travel to Goerke Field in Stevens Point to take on the Appleton North Lightning (10-0, 7-0 VFA-North) in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 1 high school football playoffs at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Through a partnership with the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network (MSBN), Hudson Patch is proud to bring you live streaming broadcasts of Hudson Raiders football for the 2012 season.
Joe Moore and Jon Wekkin will be on the call for this game. The pregame show is set to begin at 12:45 p.m. You can email the broadcast team at email@example.com and ask for a shout out. Make sure to mention that you're listening on Hudson Patch.
For more information on local high school sports broadcasts, visit MnSportsNetwork.com.
Why No Video on Patch?
Jon Wekkin of MSBN issued the following statement about Saturday's game:
As most of you are aware, our Hudson Raiders football team is having a truly remarkable season. I've had the true privilege of broadcasting all their games this season on our website MNSportsNetwork.com and also on Hudson Patch.
On Saturday, we will again be going on the road to Stevens Point to bring you another playoff match up against a very good Appleton North team in the third round of the Division 1 playoffs. Last week we ran a video broadcast of the game against Bay Port, a resounding Hudson victory, which was viewed by a very large audience from literally all over the country.
The WIAA requires media apply for a license (along with a payment of a fee) to run video for playoff games, which we were granted for the Hudson/Bay Port playoff broadcast. We had every intention of again running video this week for the Appleton North game, and I applied for the video broadcast rights on Monday morning. I was informed on Wednesday that, due to an exclusive video rights agreement with another media outlet, we would not be able to run video on our broadcast for this game.
I am very disappointed in this decision by the WIAA, but we are obligated to abide by their rules. Last year a lawsuit was filed against the WIAA by Gannett Media over the rights for video broadcasts of playoff games, so this issue has been a controversial one that has even received some national attention.
Consequently, our broadcast on Saturday will be audio only just as it was for the first playoff game against Eau Claire Memorial and the regular season game against Rice Lake back in September. I just wanted to set the record straight regarding this upcoming broadcast tomorrow as some viewers may be wondering why we won't be running video as we did last week.
If Hudson wins, we will again apply for the video rights for the next game and if we are granted that then we will again be running video. Thank you to all the great fans that have tuned in to our games all season, thanks to the Hudson Patch for carrying our broadcasts, and thanks to the players and coaches of this great Hudson Raiders football team for this memorable season.
LET'S TAKE THIS ALL THE WAY TO STATE!!!!!
--Jon Wekkin, MSBN Broadcaster
Other Ways to Enjoy the Game
Go to Stevens Point: Local businessman Paul Rode is organizing a Raiders fan caravan for those driving to Stevens Point to cheer on the Raiders at Goerke Field. Drivers with extra room in their vehicles will be paired up with people who need a ride. The caravan will line up on Second Street in front of The Agave Kitchen and depart at 8 a.m.
Stay at home: FOX Sports Wisconsin will carry the Hudson-Appleton North game live on TV, but Comcast cable in Hudson carries FOX Sports Minnesota instead. If you want to watch it at home, you'll need either DirectTV (669) or Dish Network. It's unclear at this point whether FOX Sports Wisconsin Prep Zone will livestream the game online. Audio is available here on Hudson Patch, on MSBN and at 95.7-FM (Thunder Country) on your radio dial.
Find a viewing party at a Hudson bar/restaurant: Several Hudson-area establishments carry FOX Sports Wisconsin and will be showing the game, including the following:
- The Agave Kitchen: Official Hudson Patch viewing party with swag giveaways.
- Kozy Korner: Specials for fans who come dressed in Hudson Raiders gear.
- Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill: The game will be available on any of the 22 TVs.
- Buffalo Wild Wings: Regular Saturday specials.
- Uncle Mike's M Pour E Yum: Regular Saturday specials.
- Starr's Tavern: Viewing party.
- Seasons Tavern: Come early for breakfast; stay for the game.
- Hudson Bowling Center: The game will be on all TVs.
- Willow River Saloon: Viewing party.
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