Colin Dunlap | 10:04 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
If you are a fan of WPIAL Class AA football --- and particularly if you live outside of Pittsburgh and you can't make it to WPIAL title game at Heinz Field in person on Saturday, Nov. 22 --- you are probably not going to like this: It doesn't look like the Class AA championship game will be televised live.
As I was sitting here tonight, I scrolled ahead on my DVR box to check on the FSN Pittsburgh telecasts for next Saturday's four WPIAL football title games.
Well, according to my Comcast box, the schedule for that day goes like this:
10:30 a.m. -- Class A championship
1:30 p.m. -- Penguins pregame
2 p.m. -- NHL Hockey
4:30 p.m. -- Penguins postgame
5 p.m. -- Class AAA championship game
8 p.m. -- Class AAAA championship game
11 p.m. -- Class AA championship game
With that being the schedule, it is rather obvious fans of Class AA teams will have to wait to see the telecast (and it will be taped) until 11 p.m.
Now I know the Penguins are a professional franchise, and I know FSN does a vast amount of their games, but this just all seems out of whack. Having those four championship games on live, in sequential order (and with Stan Savran doing at least one of them) is one of those traditions fans of Western Pennsylvania high school football look forward to each year.
While not having the Class AA game on live TV doesn't take anything away from how huge the matchup will be, it does, truth be told, take a bit of the luster off it.