Athletic department looks to video conferencing for savings

Wednesday, December 22 2010

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is facing tough economic times. During the 2009-2010 school year, the organization was forced to make a bevy of cuts and changes in order to balance the budget.

The 22-member executive committee voted recently to extend those alterations through the 2011-2012 scholastic calendar, reports the Times Union.

One of the seven major changes to save money was implementing video conferencing technology. For as many NYSPHSAA meetings as possible, video conferences or telephone conference calls will be used to reduce travel reimbursement costs.

The executive committee will meet only three times per year in October, January and May, with the January meeting being conducted entirely by conference call or video conference.

Other measures taken on by the athletic committee include picking centralized sites for state tournaments, reducing the number of contests permitted during the regular season and eliminating mandated attendance at NYSPHSAA workshops.

"Schools today continue to face significant economic challenges and the central committee believes this is an efficient way for sections, leagues, schools and the association to maintain cost saving measures related to the interscholastic athletic program," NYSPHSAA executive director Nina Van Erk told the news source.

Video conferencing is providing cost savings and convenience for sports, even at the highest levels. The NBA Draft in June signed a three-year contract to have video conferencing show live interactive broadcasts of teams as they make their selections.