High school sports in California have been shut down since March, and the financial implications are being felt in all corners of the state.
In Southern California, the CIF Southern Section will furlough eight support staff members beginning Jan. 2, according to Assistant Commissioner Thom Simmons. Nine contracted staff members will have their benefits reduced beginning this month.
“For nine months we kept our staff employed at a time when we’re having no athletics whatsoever,” Simmons said. “We were very proud of that. But after all this time, it’s just not sustainable. … As it stands today, we’re nearly $250,000 in the hole.”
Attaining playoff revenue again will determine when staff will come back, according to Simmons. Full practice and athletic competition start dates for high school sports in California are on hold, the CIF announced in a statement on Dec. 1.
The LA City Section held an Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss their budget. The Section hopes to have an updated budget next week.
“The finance committee will be meeting next week to finalize,” LA City Commissioner Vicky Lagos said in an email about potential layoffs. “They have a few ideas.”