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Published April 23, 2013, 06:15 PM

Forum Communications will air the state football, basketball and hockey tournaments

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota High School state tournaments will have a new look and feel this coming fall. After an 11-0 vote by the North Dakota high school activities association.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- North Dakota High School state tournaments will have a new look and feel this coming fall. After an 11-0 vote by the North Dakota high school activities association.

They have reached a deal with Forum Communications to air the state football, basketball and hockey tournaments for the next five years.

For the first time in over 30 years, the North Dakota High school state tournaments have a new television home. And executive director Sherm Sylling says he's looking forward to the partnership with Forum Communications.

We're going to communicate get along and provide a service that's going to enhance what we are and what we do with the high school activities association and we're looking forward to working with Forum Communications.

Today's vote here in Valley City means WDAY and Forum Communications can get to work. And they're excited about putting out a product that will bring fans across North Dakota a first class live game experience.

Sherm Sylling- NDHSAA Executive Secretary: We haven't had it for a long time, so we're very excited about having it. We're going to be able to put this state-wide. I know our stations in Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Minot are excited about having this. We'll have it in HD, which is something that people haven't seen in the past which will give it a pretty good flare.

WDAY is also planning to spend tens of thousands of dollars on equipment upgrades for it's high school sports coverage.

Sylling: “We've decided that equipment upgrades, technology is a big deal when it comes to sports production and people are going to notice that when they watch us this year.”

It's all in an effort to add to the already exciting product on the court, the field, and the rink.

Todd Olson- NDHSAA Board Member: “Anytime you go down a new path there's a little excitement and I think we're pleased to have this out of the way for the next five years and forming a good partnership with Forum Communications.”

It's a five year contract; worth 680 thousand dollars; it will run thru the 2017-18 school year.

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