Profits from last year’s high school football playoff games, including the championships that featured a Lodi area squad, and a new site for basketball title games were the topic of discussion at the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Media Day session at its Lodi office on Thursday morning.
In what Will DeBoard, director of communications, described as “the engine that drives the bus,” the high school football playoffs recorded one of its biggest profits in the last four years. Between the six divisions, including D-IV where Liberty Ranch played Sierra of Manteca for the crown last fall, the section made $472,450.02, according to its championship event income. Out of that amount, the section’s estimated profit was $202,657.11.
No rain at last year’s section title games played a big role in bigger fan turnouts for the finals, DeBoard noted. The profit was less from the 2014-15 school year, which brought in $409,403.05. During the 2012-13 school year, which saw plenty of rain in the area and region, the high school football playoffs and finals made only $361,385.55.
Basketball finals, however, lost money last year compared to the year prior. The section reported $157,751.40 was made, compared to the 2014-15 season, which nets a $174,133.83 profit.
The boys and girls water polo section finals made a big splash for the section, recording $21,036. During the 2014-15 school year, a profit of $13,777.78 was registered. Back in 2012-13, only $9,386.02 was made at the gate.
Baseball pitched its way to top dollars last school year. The section reported an amount of $20,614.10. The year before, only $8,279.32.
Basketball fastbreak to UOP
This winter, section boys and girls basketball title games in all six divisions will be played at the University of the Pacific.
According to DeBoard, the boys’ title games have been played at Sleep Train Arena, formerly Arco Arena, in Sacramento that was home for the Sacramento Kings, since 1988. The girls’ finals started in 1999. Prior, the girls’ title games were played at the University of California, Davis.
Section officials were looking to secure the Golden 1 Center, the new home for the Kings, for this school year, but were told by Golden 1 Center officials that the weekend of the section title games the venue had been booked. Section officials noted that they will weigh their options of venue sites for title games after this upcoming basketball season.
The California Interscholastic Federation is planning to hold the Nor Cal and state title games at the Golden 1 Center this season.
Fall sports gets earlier start in 2018
Lodi, Tokay, Liberty Ranch and Galt underclassmen who are playing football, plus student-athletes involved in volleyball, cross-country, water polo, girls golf and girls tennis, will start their practices toward the end of July 2018 instead of early August.
DeBoard said that the CIF recently approved a measure to move the 2018-19 sports calendar up by one week. Fall practices for this year started Aug. 8.
The Week 0 high school football games would start mid-August 2018. California high school football teams will play two or three games in August of that year, depending when they observe their bye week during or after the month. The early start also means the regular season would end toward the end of October.
First round of section football playoff games would begin early November. The title games would take place the week before or going into the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
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