MSG Varsity to continue LI high school playoff coverage

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MSG Varsity will continue its role as the premier destination for Long Island high school sports television coverage.

Cablevision, which owns Newsday, Monday announced agreements with Section XI (Suffolk) and Section VIII (Nassau) for exclusive rights to broadcast playoff and championship games in all boys and girls sports. All games will be on Channel 14.

The deal with Suffolk is for three years and the deal with Nassau is for one year, with renewable terms, according to an MSG Varsity spokesman. The network also announced exclusive multiyear deals to broadcast playoffs and championship games of the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA for all boys and girls sports and the CHSFL for football.

MSG Varsity began operation in 2009, and in the 2011-12 school year alone broadcast more than 300 regular-season games and nearly 200 playoff games featuring Section XI, Section VIII and CHSAA/CHSFL teams.

"MSG Varsity is thrilled to continue to serve as the destination for the most comprehensive coverage of Long Island high school sports," said Theresa Chillianis, general manager of MSG Varsity. "We are pleased to continue sharing the excitement of local boys and girls playoff and championship games with our audience."

Section XI executive director Ed Cinelli said MSG Varsity's coverage "has been well-received by all the schools and communities in the county. We look forward to working with MSG Varsity again and growing Suffolk County athletics."

Incoming Section VIII executive director Nina Van Erk noted, "The partnership between Section VIII and MSG Varsity will enable us to showcase the successful teams and individual athletes participating in the Nassau County playoffs. MSG Varsity's efforts will assist us in furthering the educational mission of our interscholastic athletic programs."