More for Gas=Fewer Games

In today’s Journal, I explored how the recent schedule shrinking could affect athletic programs in the area. As we reported last week, the state’s superintendents and the MHSAA agreed to cut the number of games teams can play by 10 percent, starting next year; football was exempt.

A lot of NeMiss coaches, while understanding the need to trim costs, don’t like the way this came about and are afraid the cuts could actually lighten athletic programs’ wallets. Today’s question: Do you think this move was wise?

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7 responses to “More for Gas=Fewer Games

  1. bob0walk

    This was a great decision. In the article, Brad did not take into account the fuel savings that will result from parents, relatives, and fans not having to drive to the games. Multiply the savings from running the bus times a couple of hundred spectators and you have exponential savings. Great idea from the MHSAA

  2. charleston11

    How is football exempt? Doesn’t the band travel to football games which require more buses? How school sports are fastly fading away.

  3. Football’s the cash cow for most schools. That’s the reasoning I keep hearing, anyway.

    Bob, you make a good point, although that money parents and fans save don’t help the schools directly, unless they invest it in the program some other way.

  4. Football being the cash cow is exactly the reason why football will never get touched… There are tons of things they could have done instead of cutting games the way they did… It was in poor form by the MHSAA to do it the way they did…

  5. charleston11

    Tell me something about these overpaid player’s?
    Brewers are almost 7 games back in the NL Central and look at these 2008 salaries?

    Ben Sheets $12,125,000
    Eric Gagne $10,000,000
    Jeff Suppan $8,250,000
    Mike Cameron $6,250,000
    Bill Hall $4,925,000
    Jason Kendall $4,250,000
    David Riske $4,000,000
    Chris Capuano $3,750,000
    Derrick Turnbow $3,370,666
    Salomon Torres $3,333,333
    Guillermo Mota $3,200,000
    Craig Counsell $2,800,000
    J.J. Hardy $2,650,000
    David Bush $2,550,000
    Brian Shouse $2,000,000
    Rickie Weeks $1,056,000
    Gabe Kapler $800,000
    Seth McClung $750,000
    Prince Fielder $670,000
    Randy Choate $500,000
    Ryan J. Braun $455,000
    Corey Hart $444,000
    Gabe Gross $414,000
    Carlos Villanueva $413,000
    Yovani Gallardo $404,000
    Tony Gwynn Jr., $397,500
    Mike Rivera $395,000
    Joe Dillon $393,000
    Manny Parra $392,000
    Total $80,937,499

  6. charleston11

    Brewers 2008 Salaries? maybe they can help the MHSAA?
    Ben Sheets $12,125,000
    Eric Gagne $10,000,000
    Jeff Suppan $8,250,000
    Mike Cameron $6,250,000
    Bill Hall $4,925,000
    Jason Kendall $4,250,000
    David Riske $4,000,000
    Chris Capuano $3,750,000
    Derrick Turnbow $3,370,666
    Salomon Torres $3,333,333
    Guillermo Mota $3,200,000
    Craig Counsell $2,800,000
    J.J. Hardy $2,650,000
    David Bush $2,550,000
    Brian Shouse $2,000,000
    Rickie Weeks $1,056,000
    Gabe Kapler $800,000
    Seth McClung $750,000
    Prince Fielder $670,000
    Randy Choate $500,000
    Ryan J. Braun $455,000
    Corey Hart $444,000
    Gabe Gross $414,000
    Carlos Villanueva $413,000
    Yovani Gallardo $404,000
    Tony Gwynn Jr., $397,500
    Mike Rivera $395,000
    Joe Dillon $393,000
    Manny Parra $392,000
    Total $80,937,499

  7. msfan20

    Bobowalk, How is it a great decision? Fans are not required to attend a game or they wasn’t the last time I checked. I know your going to say well if they are good parents, then they will support their kids, which is true. But if you can’t afford it, then you just don’t go and I promise it won’t make anyone in that situation a bad parent. If the Misshsaa wanted to save the fans money, then they wouldn’t have charged $8.00 to get in the basketball north half. If the Misshsaa wanted to help the school, then they would drop that 30% fee that they get off the top of every tournment or classic game. They could divide the money made off the state passes and equally divide it among the schools or give a cut by sports offered at each school. They wouldn’t have raised the prices of officials if they was worried about the schools budgets. That alone over a course of a season will offset any savings on gas from cutting games. The only expense the Misshsaa has is salaries, because they don’t spend one dime to benefit the schools in any share form or fashion. The schools also pay dues for each sport. For What? So they can go out and make money to pay the unreal salaries of Dr. Evil and the good ole boys. Brad, Why don’t you check on the salaries on the people working at the Misshsaa and see if they are trying to save any money?

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