The WIAA and open meetings and records

The Post~Crescent committed a flagrant act of journalism last week: The business of high school sports tournaments has never been bigger in Wisconsin, generating $7.6 million last year from ticket sales, broadcasting rights, sponsorships and other sources. The paychecks of top Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association executives have followed suit, according to nonprofit tax records reviewed by USA TODAY […]

March Madnesses

Tonight, I get to have another professional thrill by announcing the WIAA girls basketball state tournament, for the second consecutive season, on this outstanding radio station. I will be announcing Mineral Point, one year after I announced the Pointer boys at boys state in Madison. This is the first state trip for the Pointer girls […]

The intersection of football and politics promotes the season-opening Badger football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay against LSU: The 2016 college football season opener pitting Wisconsin vs. LSU could be played anywhere on the planet and it would be a marquee event. Powerhouse schools from the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences rarely make time for one another outside […]

The WIAA vs. taxpayers, Open Meetings edition

Proving that politics makes strange bedfellows, former superintendent of public instruction Herbert Grover writes something nice about a proposal by a Republican, Rep. John Nygren (R–Marinette): No elected official has any authority over the decisions of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in spite of the fact that the organization dictates a substantial portion of the program offered […]

The end is near’s Travis Wilson writes about the onset of February Fever and March Madness: “Rage against the dying of the light.” That line from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas has stuck with me for many years, and I’ve found it applicable for numerous situations. To me, it exemplifies fighting with all you have against a looming end. […]