I planned my Saturday afternoon around watching college football and the Glens Falls High School state championship football game.
The high school championships have historically been on Time Warner/Spectrum, but mid-morning Saturday I saw some chatter online from people lamenting that the game wasn't on TV, and to watch it we would have to pay for $10 for online streaming.
Now I can't say how or why Spectrum wasn't broadcasting the games this year. But I can say that it was ridiculous to require fans to pay $10 to watch a single high school football game not even on TV, but through an online streaming service. I can watch any Division III college sporting event for free online, but a New York high school championship costs $10?
It seems the NYPSPHSAA has lost sight of the fact that, you know, those games are paid for by taxpayers.
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The bus drivers, coaches, equipment, officials, all of it. We paid for it. So to charge us to watch a game that we are already paying for was a disservice to those of us who have watched school tax bills skyrocket. And that doesn't even take into the account the older people who don't have the ability to use a streaming service.
I'm not surprised that this was the move by the current leadership of the NYSPHSAA, which had the brilliant idea a few years ago to move the state high school basketball championship out of our local arena where it had a decades-old run of success, just to make a few extra dollars.
We saw how that worked out, though the organization did manage to squeeze a few more tax dollars out of local organizers to bring it back.
-- Don Lehman