In a span of 72 hours the Florida High School Athletic Association went from no plans to live stream its upcoming board of directors meeting to announcing it will live stream the meeting. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Gainesville.
FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn told the Orlando Sentinel last Friday that the FHSAA is not a broadcasting company. He even denied board president Lauren Otero’s request to live stream the meeting.
The meeting is expected to decide the fate of the fall sports season in Florida.
That decision was reversed Monday afternoon. Yet, the FHSAA took the stance that it never said it had no plans to live stream the meeting.
Rather, it was working on the logistics of it before announcing its plans to live stream the meeting.
But a statement on Friday by one of its public relations specialists, Ashton Mosley, contradicts that stance.
“Since this meeting will be in person, we are treating it as past meetings and opening it to the public until seating capacity is reached,” Moseley said. “There will not be a livestream.”
Board member Richard Finlayson defended the FHSAA’s stance in an interview Tuesday morning.
“I wouldn’t say anything has changed in the last 24 hours. I would just say that the logistics were an issue the FHSAA was working through before they said anything,” Finlayson said. “They didn’t want to commit to it if they couldn’t pull it off.”
But by Monday afternoon, things changed and Otero was thrilled.
“I am happy the association reconsidered their decision by making arrangements for this important meeting to be broadcast to the public,” Otero said. “With restrictions on attendance, this gives the public the transparency it deserves to hear and understand how our decisions are formed.”
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