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2020-21 Football Telecast FAQs

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What is considered a telecast?
A telecast is defined as any live or tape-delayed video footage of a contest in its entirety that can be transmitted through television, Internet Web stream, Webcast, video podcast, smart phone apps, tablet computer apps, closed-circuit channels, weather cameras or any other medium.
How many telecasts are allowed in the regular season for one contest in the 2020-21 school year?
With prior approval by their school administration, the Home Team may have one digital webcast transmitted on the Internet and one linear telecast on television per game, provided that there is adequate space for the Visiting Team webcast production. With prior approval by their school administration, the Visiting Team may have one digital webcast transmitted on the Internet per game. 2020-21 UIL Regular Season Football Telecast Information
Are there special press box restrictions due to COVID-19?
The host venue should make every attempt to accommodate both the Home and Visitor Team production crews for telecasts and webcasts while following all social distancing recommendations, face covering requirements, and other health related recommendations by their local and state authorities. Press box capacity should include at least six feet between individuals when possible, and all individuals are required to wear face coverings. Schools should limit production crews to those individuals essential to the telecast.
Is video transmitted across a closed-circuit channel considered a telecast?
Yes. Video transmitted across a closed-circuit channel is considered a telecast and subject to all UIL telecast restrictions.
Are there telecast restrictions for football during the playoffs?
Yes. A football contest that takes place on any day during the playoffs may only be telecast live if you have permission from the UIL Media Department and FOX Sports Southwest. FOX Sports Southwest may sub-license its rights to broadcast stations in markets across Texas interested in televising playoff games either live or tape-delayed. More information can be found here: UIL Football Playoffs TV Guidelines
What is an Academic Telecast?
An Academic Telecast is a television broadcast with an educational purpose that is produced solely by a UIL-member school and/or school district primarily using school facilities, equipment, staff and students without any commercial relationship for the financial benefit of another party. An Academic Telecast may be aired no earlier than one hour after the completion of the game. 
How can I do an Academic Telecast?
An Academic Telecast of a football playoff contest may be done with permission from the UIL Media Department. To request permission to perform an Academic Telecast a school district employee must fill out the UIL Delayed Academic Telecast Form.
Can I do a tape-delayed telecast of a football contest during the playoffs?
Yes. A tape-delayed telecast of a football contest during the playoffs may occur as the UIL broadcasting agreement allows. You must have permission of the UIL Media Department and FOX Sports Southwest.
Do I need permission to do a live telecast of a contest at the UIL Football Finals?
Yes. Due to the telecast agreement with the UIL’s broadcast partner, prior approval for a live telecast at the UIL Football Finals must go through the UIL office to determine if a live telecast can be done.
Do I need permission to do a tape-delayed telecast of a contest at the UIL Football Finals?
Yes. Due to the telecast agreement with the UIL’s broadcast partner, prior approval for a tape-delayed telecast at the UIL Football Finals must go through the UIL office to determine if a tape-delayed telecast can be done.
Where can I find specific rules from the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules that pertain to telecasts?
To see a PDF of the exact rules from the UIL C&CR, please click here.
Where can I find specific rules from the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules that pertain to filming if I am not a media outlet?
To see a PDF of the exact rules from the UIL C&CR, please click here.