North Carolina Senate Committee on Education votes to dissolve/eliminate North Carolina High School Athletic Association/NCHSAA(Thoughts or Comments???)

from Nick Stevens, with www.wralsportsfan.com and the HSOT…..

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers are one step closer to dissolving the N.C. High School Athletic Association and creating a new commission to administer high school athletics in North Carolina.

The Senate Committee on Education voted on Wednesday morning in favor of HB 91. The bill, which was originally focused on students with autism but was gutted with an amendment by from Republican senators to overhaul high school sports in North Carolina, would dissolve the NCHSAA by the fall of 2022.

HB 91 will head to the Senate Committe on Finance where it is expected to be considered at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

If the bill becomes law, a new commission would be established to run high school sports in North Carolina. The 17-person commission would consist of nine members appointed by the governor, four members appointed by the Senate, and four members appointed by the House. The members of the commission would be superintendents, principals, athletic directors, or coaches who are full-time school employees.

The commission would be housed in the Department of Administration, part of the state government. Right now, the NCHSAA is a private non-profit organization.

7 comments

  1. If the NCHSAA does get shut down, and is dissolved, who gets the 40 million dollar surplus of money that they have accumulated???

  2. I have heard the money is broken down into different accounts/funds and earmarked for different projects, but if the NCHSAA does not owe any money currently, and if their operations were to cease, who gets the surplus money/funds???
    Does the State Senate of North Carolina inherit the 40 million dollars???

  3. The NCHSAA has said that the $40 million figure is roughly what it holds in total assets. The association does not have $40 million in cash available to spend.

    Based on its most recent audited financial state from June 2020, a total of $15.8 million exists in restricted endowment funds, which are restricted in perpetuity and donors specify how it can be spent. This money cannot be spent or distributed.

    $10.7 million is board designated money, which was funded through $1 ticket surcharges at playoff game, 25% of gate receipts from endowment games, and interest earned from principal funds. The playoff game ticket surcharge and the endowment games have been suspended indefinitely. This is also the fund where $4 million of pandemic relief for individual schools came from.

    The NCHSAA holds $13.9 million in undesignated funds. This includes two years of operating reserves, investments, and things like the office building, equipment, and vehicles.

  4. Why don’t they shut down the NCHSAA and then reorganize it and bring it back under new operating procedures?
    Disperse all of the current funds to the state-wide high schools and have the NCHSAA start over from scratch.
    Develop a new way for them to do business as a REAL non-profit organization. Have them make standard salaries and have them clean house at their home offices down in Chapel Hill.
    A new day for the NCHSAA would be a good thing. They do a good job, they just have too much fluid money floating around at their disposal. Clean the slate, keep the current employees that want to stay, and start it all over again, and keep it transparent. I feel like this is the real way, and the only way to move forward and this is what is best for North Carolina High School Athletic Programs.

  5. They need to put together some kind of board of athletics to oversee the NCHSAA. Get that board in place and have them be the watchdogs that make sure the NCHSAA are doing things correctly and lawfully. Have the board of athletics be members of the Senate or the House of Representatives and keep the NCHSAA in place, and just get that board of athletics working to make sure the NCHSAA is doing their work right.

  6. The NCHSAA needs massive reform/overhaul — they have to answer to no one as it relates to the decisions and rules made for the approximately 427 member schools across North Carolina. They take a lot more money from schools than the general public will ever know (gate receipts, membership dues, playoff money percentages, etc.) I have seen advertised that the NCHSAA gave schools various amounts of money to member schools during COVID (true). However, they turned around and required all 427 member schools to pay membership dues in May — that is $1 per student in the entire school, not just athletes. In addition, they added a $100 handling charge to the total! Are you serious?? During the COVID year when the majority of schools didn’t make $1 in gate revenues after expenses are subtracted?? They are collecting almost $43,000 just for going to the mailbox at the expense of member schools — a 41 million dollar endowment (regardless of how the money is divided into separate pots) must not be enough…..

  7. @FunFact Yes, the NCHSAA needs reform. But do you think a bunch of clowns who haven’t been able to pass a state budget since 2017 are the ones to be reforming it?

    This is Phil Berger helping everyone in the Senate who has a grievance with the NCHSAA get their revenge, starting with McInnis, so that he can get at Cooper indirectly. McInnis is still butthurt because Anson County was banned from the football playoffs in 2019 for brawling. The other two senators, Johnson and Sawyer, are pissed because charter schools (that they voted to create) are beating their schools in the playoffs and because HS sports didn’t resume amidst the pandemic when they thought it should and snapped their fingers. Berger King is still butthurt because his idiot of a son, Whopper Junior, got his head handed to him in the primary to succeed Coble, so he’s still taking it out on everyone.

    Cooler heads need to sit down with the NCHSAA and reform the association, and they need to do it NOW, but these politicians are not the ones who should be doing it.

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