Local football fans who can't afford to fly to Anchorage for this weekend's state high school championship game will be treated to the next best thing.
The Juneau Youth Football League is paying to have Saturday's title game between Juneau-Douglas and East Anchorage shown live, via satellite, on KATH. In Juneau, KATH is broadcast channel 5 and cable channel 15.
The game starts at 1 p.m.; it is Juneau's first-ever appearance in the state championship game.
JYFL is paying about $10,000 for the satellite link to game coverage from KTUU/Channel 2 in Anchorage, league president Karen Lawfer said.
"This program exists because of our fans and our community support," Lawfer said. "Our program lives and breathes because of that support. We had to be able to keep this football fever going."
Lawfer said the decision to spend the money was also made for the benefit of players' families who cannot afford to travel.
JYFL is seeking sponsors for the live broadcast; the play-by-play announcers will read the names of contributing businesses and individuals on the air during the game. For more information, contact Lawfer at 723-2123.