PIEA Announces abc27 as Official Media Partner
for State Championships
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association and abc27 partner to bring esports content
to more homes across Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, PA -- April 16, 2021 - The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) announced today that Harrisburg’s WHTM-TV (abc27) will serve as the official media partner of the PIEA High School Esports State Championships. Every Monday, abc27 will be providing viewers with updated standings, scores and schedules, as well as links to weekly highlights and clips of PIEA action in both the Overwatch and Rocket League competitions.
The PIEA, one of the country’s first interscholastic organizations dedicated exclusively to esports, currently has more than 40 member schools, with more lined up to join in the fall. Since abc27 is part of the Nexstar Media Group, highlights from these participating schools could air on a total of of six stations across the state, including WTAJ-TV, WBRE-TV, WETM-TV, WJET-TV and WPHL-TV.
“The PIEA is thrilled to partner with abc27 to showcase the hard work, dedication and skill of the incredible student-athletes competing in the PIEA State Championships,” said Bill Thomas, member of the PIEA Board of Directors. “Having access to multiple markets across the state through Nexstar Media Group’s affiliates will allow us to highlight the statewide nature of our competitions, build rivalries among local and regional teams, and continue to grow esports as a viable and positive scholastic sport for Pennsylvania’s high school students.”
The PIEA’s mission is to build confidence in the integrity of Pennsylvania high school esports programs, promote curriculum that enhance STEM and other educational opportunities, and develop world-class content that will grow esports opportunities.
"Esports are highly competitive, lot's of fun and very educational. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics are all essential components for esports. We at abc27 are excited to support and celebrate the schools that are participating in the PIEA,” said Robert Bee, vice president and general manager of abc27.
Esports, or professional gaming, has been on the rise in both professional and academic settings in recent years. In addition to the academic and social-emotional benefits to creating esports programs at the high school level, esports is advancing at the collegiate level, offering scholarship and career opportunities for video gamers and students interested in STEM professions. Exposure for PIEA student participants and continued support of esports at the state level and beyond is a crucial piece of PIEA’s mission, making partnerships like this with abc27 invaluable to the organization.
For more information, visit interscholasticesports.org or follow along on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. To register for PIEA, visit https://www.interscholasticesports.org/join-piea-form.
Langdon Ramsberg: LRamsburg@mcneeslaw.com
Bill Thomas: WThomas@cnrllc.org
About PA Interscholastic Esports Association
The PA Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) is one of the nation's first high school governing bodies solely focused on statewide esports programs and clubs. The nonprofit is a collaborative effort between McNees, Wallace and Nurick, a law firm with an Esports practice to advise the industry on legal matters; the Hollinger Family, which already has part ownership of a Formula One race team; and Estars, an esports tournament infrastructure company. The mission of PIEA is to be a Pennsylvania esports advocate and resource for regulatory oversight and competition guidelines for interscholastic esports.