BURZICHELLI: NJSIAA MOVE TO PRESERVE CHAMPIONSHIPS A STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION BUT JUST A START

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem), author of legislation to control tickets prices at New Jersey high school sporting events, released the following statement Wednesday on the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s proposed budget that would maintain individual state championship tournaments and the popular Tournament of Champions and Meet of Champions:

“This is finally a step in the right direction, but I remain unconvinced that the NJSIAA has done enough to cut its salaries and benefits and move away from relying on increased ticket prices for their revenue.

“The children and teen-agers should never have been used as pawns in whatever game the NJSIAA decided to play, so while I welcome the move to preserve the championships, I remain very disturbed that cutting them was even considered in the first place.

“Today was hopefully just the start of the NJSIAA changing its ways. Meanwhile, I continue to look forward to the results of the State Commission of Investigation inquiry into the NJSIAA’s spending and practices.”

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