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Bell TowerOctober 04, 2023

Lions to Join MIAA

The 2023-2024 sports seasons at UAFS will be the Lions last in the Lone Star Conference, which the university joined in 2019.

On June 26, UAFS accepted an invitation to join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) beginning in the fall of 2024. The move makes UAFS the first full-time member in Arkansas – joining one of the nation’s oldest and most successful conferences in NCAA Division II athletics.

The MIAA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and boasts a conference footprint in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and soon, Arkansas. The move will not only reduce the travel time for UAFS student-athletes, but it will foster new rivalries and give fans access to more games.

“An athletic conference should bring like-minded institutions in a geographical area to compete and allow their student-athletes to excel academically and develop life skills, and the MIAA does that for UAFS. The geographical footprint of the MIAA allows for our student-athletes to participate academically and enhance their experience as collegiate student-athletes. Our fans can travel and support our teams on the road, just as we can welcome more fans from MIAA opponents,” UAFS Athletic Director Curtis Janz said.

The move could also increase UAFS exposure, thanks to broadcasts on the MIAA Network. Games and content are available live and on-demand and can be streamed on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

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