High School Sports
1:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oklahoma Sports Governing Board Faces Criticism

Union High School takes on Coweta High School in the 2012 Union/Jenks Basketball Invitational.
Credit Matt Wansley / Flickr Creative Commons

The organization that oversees tens of thousands of Oklahoma high school athletes, cheerleaders and other extracurricular activities is facing fierce criticism from parents, coaches and school officials over how it operates.

Several people testified Tuesday before the House Administrative Rules Committee about their experience with the private, nonprofit Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. Legislators who requested a formal study of the association say they have received numerous complaints that there is little oversight of the organization.

Among the complaints is a recent change that increases the amount of revenue from football playoff games that goes to the OSSAA.

Some coaches complain the new revenue sharing agreement hurts schools, while OSSAA officials say it helps provide more funding to schools for non-revenue producing sports and academic competitions.

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