The NFHS Network is an all-digital network devoted to coverage of boys and girls high school sports and activities across the country. The NFHS Network is a joint venture between PlayOn! Sports, the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) and its member associations.
Each of the 51 NFHS state association members has the opportunity to join the NFHS Network to showcase its high schools, student athletes and tournaments. The NFHS Network is the largest aggregated destination for coverage of high school sports in the country, creating increased viewing opportunities for students, parents and fans – wherever they may be in the world.
Board of Directors
ChairJack Roberts is the executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). The MHSAA is one of the 28 inaugural NFHS-member state associations to join the NFHS Network. Roberts has been at the helm of the MHSAA as since 1986, implementing programs and overseeing tournament administration and regulations for the association, which boasts 1,500 member schools, 11,000 registered officials and 13,000 head coaches. Roberts has spoken to educator and athletic groups, business leaders and civic groups in more than 40 states and five Canadian provinces as one of the nation's most articulate advocates for school sports. He is a 1970 graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was a three-year starter for the Ivy League's winningest football team during that span.
Vice PresidentBob Gardner began his tenure as executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in May 2010 after 10 years as the organization’s chief operating officer. Gardner officially became the organization’s fifth full-time executive director on May 1, 2010. Gardner has been involved in high school athletics in the state of Indiana throughout his entire 43-year career in secondary education. He started as a teacher and coach in 1970 and concluded as commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) for five years prior to joining the NFHS staff in 2000. Gardner, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville (Indiana) and his master’s and Ed.S. degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, is a member of the USA Basketball Board of Directors and previously served on the Indiana Sports Corporation Board of Directors. He is a member of the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Vice PresidentDavid Rudolph is CEO of PlayOn! Sports (PlayOn), the nation’s leading high school sports media company. Rudolph purchased the assets of PlayOn from Turner Broadcasting in December 2008. Previously, Rudolph was Senior Vice President, Strategy & New Products for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). At Turner, Rudolph also served as vice president and general manager of Turner South, Rudolph was responsible for all day-to-day operations of TBS, Inc.’s regional entertainment network, the first regional entertainment basic cable service in television history. Rudolph earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mark BeckmanExecutive director of the Montana High School Association (MHSA). The MHSA is an inaugural member of the NFHS Network. Beckman has been leading the MHSA since 2004 and was assistant director prior to assuming this position. His career as an educator includes teaching positions at Montana high schools as well as stints as athletic director at Butte Central High School and activities director at Anaconda High School. Beckman has also been a boys and girls basketball, baseball and volleyball coach. Beckman earned his bachelor of science in secondary education from Western Montana College.
Mark BuffingtonMark Buffington is the co-Founder of Buckhead Investment Partners, LLC and the Chairman of the Investment Committee. Buffington has 14 years of experience developing, analyzing and managing investments. His experience and investment background is rooted in scientific finance and direct experience in managing and investing in numerous private businesses.
Chief Executive Officer, NFHS NetworkRobert currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at PlayOn! Sports and manages the day-to-day operations including customer service, logistics and sales fulfillment. Prior to joining PlayOn! Sports, Rothberg spent 15 years at Industrial Metals (IMS), a distributor, processor and fabricator of metal products, which was sold to Reliance Steel & Aluminum in 2007. As chief operating officer of IMS, Rothberg led the merger and integration of the company with two other Reliance operating units. Rothberg earned a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.
State Association Partners
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program provides individual schools with an education-based broadcasting program that enables students and faculty to capture, edit and publish original content. The NFHS Network provides your school with the software and resources needed to produce TV-like events such as sports, graduation, school newscasts, guest speakers and award ceremonies for broadcast over the Internet. You can start with as little as a camera and a laptop or integrate it with existing equipment for a more advanced production.
How It Works
The School Broadcast Program is available to high schools nationwide. The program allows schools to leverage PlayOn! Sports extensive and proprietary technology, services and support to build their school’s digital network on the NFHS Network.
Schools can produce and distribute high quality events throughout the year including regular season sports, graduation, band, cheer events, as well as other school activities. Broadcasting these events is a great way for a school to showcase their students and activities while strengthening the connection with parents, coaches, players, boosters and the community. Fans can watch all the events on the school’s branded portal on the NFHS Network.
The School Broadcast Program has several options for participation to fit a school’s needs. Schools can participate in the License Fee Model, providing free fan access to streamed events, or join one of the new no-cost options (Subscription or Franchise Model) and partner with the NFHS Network to optimize ad sales and viewer subscriptions to support school programs.
For more information on the program and to find out which option best matches your school’s needs, please contact the School Broadcast Program at email@example.com.