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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: NYSPHSAA asks chairpeople for cost saving ideas

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Friday, January 16, 2009

NYSPHSAA asks chairpeople for cost saving ideas

The hits just keep on coming for sports across the board and their financial woes.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association hosted a conference call for its chairpeople last week, brainstorming ideas on how to reduce the cost of athletics at the state level.

Many of the ideas that came out will trickle down and impact sports at the sectional level and could include a reduction in contests and a combining of classes at the state level.

Some are easy to comprehend, less regular season contests lessens travel and officiating expenses. The combining of classes for championships will be met with some resistance.

Wrestling lobbied hard for two divisions, doubling the amount of competitors crowned sectional and state champions, that could be tough to swallow. Cross country has enjoyed crowning champions across five classes at the sectional level and at the state level, now the fields could be combined.

Section II chairperson Fred Gula likes the combination of "individual sports". Other voices offered up reducing the classifications from five to the original four. The question of whether to combine the larger schools AA and A or the smaller schools C/D would hear objections from all involved.

The next scheduled call is for Jan. 20 and I'll follow-up right after.

Here's a link to my story about the conference call in this week's Community News .

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