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.
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