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The Cost of High School Sports

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- High school football is back and thousands will be out enjoying the new season.  But how are high school sports paid for and do they pay for themselves?

Richland Athletic Director Mike Edwards expected 3,000 or 4,000 fans to pack the bleachers at Fran Rish Stadium Friday night for a game between the Bombers and Kamiakin Braves.

Most fans will pay between $4-$7 at the gate and whatever else they spend on concessions at the game. But Edwards says the money from the gate will be just a drop in the bucket in paying for Friday's football game.

He says most of the money for football and other sports comes from levies, not from ticket sales. But, Edwards says the money is not the most important thing in this case.

Edwards says, "We know that kids are more successful when they are connected to activities. If they have some kind of tie to the school their going to do better in the classroom."

Edwards said that gate receipts are important because they pay for uniforms and officials. But, he says the bulk of the transportation and other major costs come from the extracurricular portion of school levies.

Edwards says football brings in the most money, with basketball coming in second. But all the sports are equally valued because of their positive effect on a student's education.