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Some high school football spectators may have to pay to livestream games

NFHS offers a $10.99 monthly subscription or a $69.99 annual subscription.

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 8:37 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2021 11:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- High school football in the metro area kicked off Monday, but many spectators were shocked to find out they had to pay to watch certain games.

The Bethel, 4J, and Springfield school districts are all livestreaming their football games to give fans a way to watch while also following Oregon Health Authority guidelines on capacity limits on the field.

4J said they will have their own streaming service for home games that will be free for the public. However, district officials said they will not cover any subscription costs for away games.

Both the Bethel and Springfield districts are using the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) network to stream their games. This is where fans may have to pay. NFHS offers a $10.99 monthly subscription or a $69.99 annual subscription. Officials with the Bethel School District said on Monday that Willamette High School will cover the cost of that fee for homes.

KEZI reached out to Springfield Public Schools to see if they will cover the cost, but we didn't hear back.

An official with the Bethel School District said the one downside about this streaming service is that the money spectators use for a subscription doesn't go back to a district's athletic programs. Instead, it goes to NFHS. 

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