Schools Benefit As MHSAA Tournament
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --October 13, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford-- 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The phrase, "Home
Court Advantage" means more than one thing to the member
schools of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. And
in 1998-99, it has an even greater meaning financially.
During the 1998-99 school year, the MHSAA will pay its member
schools an unprecedented amount of money to host its post-season
tournament event as a result of action by its legislative body,
the Representative Council, last March.
"The Association has always reimbursed schools for their
expenses to host MHSAA tournaments, and paid a stipend to all
tournament managers," said Executive Director John E. "Jack"
Roberts. "In 1998-99, the MHSAA will begin to share gate
receipts and guarantee minimum payments to sites in all sports,
not just selected sports; and the MHSAA will be doubling the
guarantee in the most work-intensive tournaments."
Hosts' shares range from 10 percent of the net gate receipts
or a $300 minimum in Pre-Regional Football Playoff games to 30
percent of the gross gate receipts for Girls and Boys District
and Regional Basketball tournaments. Schools hosting high effort,
low revenue tournaments, such as Regional meets in cross country,
track and field, tennis, individual wrestling and girls gymnastics,
will now be provided a $600 minimum payment in addition to expense
Total payments by the MHSAA to member schools will be approximately
$1.1 million more than their local cost of administering those
tournaments. "That's more than a $1 million subsidy by
the MHSAA for local programs," Roberts points out.
In addition, MHSAA tournament host schools retain 100 percent
of concessions and parking fees, and a portion of merchandise
and program sales. Host sites also avoid travel expenses for
their teams and spectators. "In very many ways, it pays
to host MHSAA tournaments," added Roberts, who also pointed
out that membership in the Association does not require a school
to pay dues to tournament entry fees.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public, private and parochial high schools
and junior high/middle schools. No government funds or tax dollars
support the MHSAA, which does not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools may participate in MHSAA
tournaments conducted in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for
boys which attract approximately 1.3 million spectators each