For the third straight school year, the state has decided to reduce athletic schedules from their previous norms. That means one fewer football game and two fewer basketball games for the programs in Section 1.
The NYSPHSAA says shorter schedules allow school to reduce their budgets without reducing the number of sports they offer. For more, read the short story below.
This is from the Associated Press…
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For the third straight year, high school sports seasons will be shorter in New York as a shaky economy has school districts looking to save money.
Cuts vary by sport: Baseball teams that play 24 regular-season games will go to 20, football teams will go from 10 games to 9 or 8, depending on regional officials.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association says the shorter schedules allow schools to cut budgets without cutting programs. Critics — including coaches and kids — have said the new policy unfairly targets student athletes.
The extension passed easily on Tuesday. Supporters say the cuts can save up to $10 million a year among the state’s 776 schools.
Other states have also cut back on sports seasons to save money.