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MSHSL board meets to address deficit

Updated: October 03, 2019 11:41 AM

Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League board met for the first time since news of a projected $400,000 deficit.

The deficit is more than four times what it was last year and affects many athletes across the state. There are nearly 500 schools involved in the league.

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The board is looking at all options to fix the problem.

The loss of $407,000 is the largest deficit the league has ever faced. Officials with the MSHSL said the shortfall comes as the league recently approved expanding classes in three sports, meaning more section and state tournament competitions.

MSHSL faces growing deficit

Part of the issue is declining attendance over the past three seasons and a $250,000 investment in updating the league website.

Now, board members say all options will be on the table to balance the budget, including possibly charging for events that are currently free.

The league also has considered generating more revenue through sponsorships and increasing fees to member schools to offset the costs. Currently, the league does not receive any funding from the state.

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