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Naming rights for stadiums,TV and Internet broadcasting revenues, coaches with big pay days and multi-million dollar game day facilities.
These types of money deals in sports are usually associated with the pros and college.
But American high schools are taking a page out of the same playbook by doing similar kinds of deals. While the money is nowhere near the pro and college level, schools are nonetheless turning their athletic programs into one of the most explosive areas in sports business, say analysts.
It's no wonder the market for high school sports has expanded. It's the same with high school sports.
Budget cuts, even before the recession of , forced many schools to seek out lucrative deals. But for some schools, the funding keeps flowing in from all sides-public and private.
Similar high school stadium naming deals with local businesses have been made across the U. Broadcasting rights and money are also expanding. It's the constant demand for any kind of high school sports product that's spurring business growth, said David Rudolph, CEO of PlayOn, a high school sports media company.
Rudolph said the Atlanta based firm has a breakdown of 98 percent digital broadcasting and 2 percent television.
And that could be a problem, said Boland, as some schools may be more equal than others on and off the field. There's pressure to perform through injuries, the danger of recruitment violations by coaches, the special treatment to schools - at the expense of others - that are deemed winners by districts.
ESPN broadcast nationally some 24 high school football and basketball games this year while Fox Sports Florida, a regional network like FSN Pittsburgh or Comcast Sportsnet, shows a high school game every weekend live and in prime time through the season.
It just proves, said Mark Conrad, that no one should expect the money that's pouring into high school sports to get thrown out of the game anytime soon.
The market in high school sports keeps expanding," Conrad added.