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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Speaking of attendance -- at the state level -- from Tim Warsinskey at the Plain Dealer: Tourney attendance going down
Such are the challenges the Ohio High School Athletic Association faces each season when selling tournament tickets, which provide about 90 percent of its annual revenue. Matchups, travel distance and weather -- in 2008, a huge snowstorm ruined state girls basketball crowds -- can greatly influence attendance.

But those factors cannot be blamed for a long-term downward spiral in the state's four largest and most profitable tournaments -- football, boys and girls basketball and wrestling. Since 1999, attendance at football and girls basketball tournaments each is down 30 percent, boys basketball is down 23 percent and even the venerable wrestling tournament has slipped 13 percent.