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home : sports : e-sports September 19, 2021

9/10/2021 3:40:00 PM
Avoid Fake Live Streams for High School Sports

Wayne Howard
Reporter


This time of the year, Friday night for many means high school football.  Thanks in part to the pandemic making some feel safer staying at home than attending games in person, internet streaming of high school sports--football included--has become more popular than ever.  But beware!  The North Carolina High School Athletic Association wants you to know--there are people trying to do bad things and using your  interest in watching games online as a tool to do them.

There are hundreds of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube events being promoted, sometimes within prominent online groups, that appear to be real live streams, but some of them are phishing for your personal information, and sometimes trying to install malware on your device.

These posts appear to be legitimately scheduled live streams and be associated with a high school or state association. However, when you click on the link, you are typically asked to enter personal information in order to gain access to the video. These are fake. Do not enter any information.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scams like this have been on the rise. At the start of the 2021-22 school year, there are hundreds of these events being circulated for the beginning of high school sports.

“Scammers know that people are looking for ways to follow their local high school team without being able to attend due to the pandemic,” said NCHSAA Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations James Alverson. “This is quick and easy way for someone to take advantage of the high school sports fanbase and our member schools. We want to do everything we can to ensure that fans of our member schools do not fall prey to these scammers.”

The NFHS Network is the official video streaming platform of the NCHSAA. Many of its member schools are utilizing this platform for their own broadcasting needs. However, during the regular season, many schools have decided to use other entities to do their live streaming. Please check with your local high school athletic department for the correct location to watch your favorite team safely.

When on social media, the NCHSAA maintains a single official account on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. The official account for each platform is @NCHSAA for Twitter and Instagram, on Facebook you can find the Association at facebook.com/NCHSAA. Some scammers use NCHSAA logos and other marks to try to deceive you, but there is only one official account for each platform controlled by the NCHSAA and no sport-specific accounts will be created or used to promote NCHSAA events.

The NFHS Network is sanctioned by NCHSAA and while it isn't free--you have to subscribe and pay--and the quality of the live streaming is far inferior to the live streaming that Chris Ritchie did for the South Fork Conference last school year, at least it's a way to see games you might not be able to attend. There are other streaming services who occasionally provide live streaming of some games, but the largest is NFHS Network and unlike some others you may see--which may be scams trying to get your credit card info, etc., the NFHS Network is legitimate.

Their website is https://www.nfhsnetwork.com.

Here's a list of their planned coverage of football, soccer and volleyball involving local teams:

NORTH LINCOLN FOOTBALL
@Statesville 7 PM
Sept. 17th

@North Iredell 7 PM
Oct. 1st

JV volleyball
@ North Iredell 4:30 PM
Sept. 7th

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
@ North Iredell 6 PM
Sept. 7th

@ Hickory 4:30 PM
Sept. 27th

@ West Iredell 6 PM
Oct. 11th

NORTH LINCOLN SOCCER
@ South Iredell 6 PM
Sept. 8th

@ West Iredell 5:30 PM
Oct. 4th

@ Statesville 5:30 PM
Oct. 11th

MAIDEN SOCCER
@ North Iredell 6:30 PM
Sept. 10th

WEST LINCOLN SOCCER
@ East Rutherford 6 PM
Sept. 7th

EAST LINCOLN FOOTBALL
@ Hickory 7:30 PM
Sept. 17th

@ West Iredell 7:00 PM
Oct. 1st

EAST LINCOLN SOCCER
@ Statesville 5:30 PM
Sept. 20th

@ North Iredell 6 PM
Oct. 4th

@ West Iredell 5:30 PM
Oct. 18th

EAST LINCOLN VOLLEYBALL
@ West Iredell 6 PM
Sept. 7th

@ Statesville 5:30 PM
Sept. 27th

@North Iredell 6 PM
Oct. 11th

You may notice that many of these events are in Iredell County.  No Lincoln County school has installed an NFHS camera system.  Hickory High School (Hickory City Schools) is at this point the only one in Catawba County that has one.  

No football games involving local teams will be streamed by NFHS this week, but next Friday (September 17th), both the East Lincoln @ Hickory game  (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/east-lincoln-high-school-denver-nc) and the North Lincoln at game (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/north-lincoln-high-school-lincolnton-nc/football) will be live streamed on the NFHS network  You have to pay for a subscription to see it and you'll have to use a credit card to pay, but you can at least know that it's legitimate. 

You can hear the West Lincoln @ Ashbrook game this week on WLON Radio (1050AM, 107.5FM)...it will also be available online at ktcbroadcasting.com

The South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) @ Shelby game  will  be broadcast by WOHS, Shelby (1390AM, 101.5FM) and will also be available online at ktcbroadcasting.com.  

 The Cherryville @ Chase game will be broadcast by WCSL, Cherryville (1590AM, 92.3FM).  You can also hear it online at ktcbroadcasting.com

This week's South Caldwell @ Newton-Conover game will be on WNNC, Newton (1230AM, 101.3FM). They'll also have reports from other games involving Catawba County teams.  You can hear the game online at https://wnncradio.com/football/.

The Lincoln Herald will update scores of games in progress during the evening and we should have all the scores posted by late night or at least by early Saturday morning.  



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