Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Njsiaa Looks for Ticket Price Hike

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Njsiaa Looks for Ticket Price Hike

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ROBBINSVILLE - Next month, basketball fans will get to see four games at Prudential Center featuring some of the top boys and girl high school teams in the state - if they're willing to shell out $12 to $20 and in some cases, $50.

In 2011, football fans shelled out $15 for a reserved seat at Don Bosco's game against California's Mission Viejo High School.

And in March, basketball fans will be able to see the finals of both the boys and girls Tournament of Champions for $8 for adults and $2 for students at the Izod Center, $2 less than was charged last year.

Also, wrestling fans can watch the best in New Jersey compete in the state wrestling championships for as little as $2 per session for students at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

The NJSIAA says events such as the Newark National Basketball Festival next month featuring a showcase contest between St. Anthony and St. Benedict's are regular-season contests and should be considered as such by the state Department of Education under a law limiting what the NJSIAA can charge for admission to state tournaments.

"Are those games part of the regular season? Yes," said Steve Timko, executive director of the NJSIAA.

"Do they count toward seeding in the state tournaments? Yes. Do they count towards a wrestler's maximum number of matches? Yes. We're trying to explain our position."

The association has been hamstrung in recent years by a state law that says it can't charge more for its state tournaments than a local school would charge for a "regular-season game."

So the association's executive committee approved a motion on first reading Wednesday defining a regular-season game as "those games that are not statewide championship playoff games" and including invitationals and conference, league and county tournaments. If approved again at the association's February meeting, it will be submitted to the Department of Education. …

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