MIAA Eliminates Non Conference Games For Most Sports Due To COVID-19


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The MIAA CEO Council approved action plans for the 2020-2021 academic year. The plans included adoptions of modifying the regular-season schedules and championships in all sports.

In response to the NCAA requirements in maximum and minimum allowable contests and dates for the 2020-2021 season, the CEO Council approved a new 10 game football schedule and the elimination of non-conference play in men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s soccer. Volleyball will have the option to request to consolidate dates which would make non-conference matches available if desired. The Council also approved modifying the brackets and dates for the 2020-2021 MIAA Championships.

Modifying regular-season schedules and championships were cost-savings measures for each institution and the Conference Office due to the COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic. To see changes in the schedules and championships, click here. Regular-season schedules will become available throughout the week starting with football on Tuesday, June 16, volleyball and women’s soccer on Wednesday, June 17, men’s and women’s basketball on Thursday, June 18, and baseball, softball, and tennis on Friday, June 19.

Another action approved by the CEO Council was to place The MIAA Network in a pay-per-view model for all sports and allow fans access to all sporting events on the network. The plan makes the network the first digital platform in NCAA Division II to be exclusively pay-per-view. Fans will also see new enhancements in the quality of each broadcast and benefits like full HD, 1080p video quality, and full distribution through an all-new MIAA Network mobile app for iOS and Android with push notifications.

Each action plan was approved during the CEO Council Virtual Meeting on Monday, June 15. Along with the approved actions, the Association’s CEO’s received updates from the Institutional Representatives Council (IRC) and the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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