AUSTIN TX: The UIL Legislative Council meeting was held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin this week. The council approved a proposal on Tuesday to allow Friday night high school football games to be streamed live on the internet.

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A Dumas Demon football player prepares to run a drill during 2020 Midnight Madness at Dumas Demon Stadium. – Photo Credit: R. Brady @McJoNews

A longstanding UIL rule prohibited the streaming of Friday night football games in the State of Texas. The rule was temporarily suspended in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing the games to be streamed live on Friday nights for the first time.

Noted during the session was a recent UIL survey of school districts across the Lone Star State that asked: Would you favor a rule change that allowed for Friday night football games to be live-streamed online? Over 81% of all Texas schools said they would be in favor of changing the rule. Over 91% of all 4A Region 1 schools were in favor of the rule change.