CIF-SS planning to refund 2014-15 member dues to 576 schools

CIF-SS planning to refund 2014-15 member dues to 576 schools

Published Jun. 16, 2015 3:14 p.m. ET

The most recent high school athletics season has been in the books for just under two weeks now. And it was a good one.

So good, that CIF-Southern Section member schools won't have to reach in the piggybank to try to do it all over again next school year.

The surplus the CIF-SS experienced during the 2014-15 season was so huge that it's planning to give all 576 member schools a refund of their dues from the past season, Commissioner Rob Wigod announced on Tuesday.

The decision is pending approval of the CIF Southern Section Executive Committee at their next meeting on Aug. 13. 


"The surplus is due to increased attendance at our championship playoffs, excellent oversight and control of expenses from our member schools and our staff and the continued support of our corporate sponsors who help us all keep costs down," Wigod said in a statement.

According to Wigod, in terms of revenue sharing, over $1.2 million in profits from the playoffs have been returned to member schools. Over $127,000 has been returned to the schools thanks to the CIF Southern Section's partnership with FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket and other media entities.

"These are record numbers, in terms of playoff and television/web revenues distributed to our schools, further proving that when we all work together in this cooperative way, we all benefit," Wigod said.

With the refund of dues to member schools, an additional $480,000 will be returned to CIF-SS schools. 

"(It's) our way of expressing how much we appreciate all of (the member schools') efforts in service to young people," Wigod said.