Bordow: AIA should say no to postseason bowl series

Bordow: AIA should say no to postseason bowl series


Bordow: AIA should say no to postseason bowl series


My first reaction when I heard Burger King was sponsoring a postseason bowl game between state high school champions?

Forget football. Do something about your awful french fries.

My second reaction?

Any state high school association that signs up for this ridiculous idea should be forced to eat Burger King’s french fries at every meal for the next year.

Under the breathless headline “Historic New High School Football Event Pairs State Champions in Post Season Play,” came the details of the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series, which will feature three games taking place Dec. 27 at Florida Atlantic University.

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Already, the state high school governing bodies in Florida, Utah and Washington have signed up for the event, which will be televised on ESPNU. More state federations surely will follow, enticed by what undoubtedly is a nice check co-signed by ESPN and Burger King.

Let’s hope the Arizona Interscholastic Association isn’t one of them.

Chuck Schmidt, the AIA’s associate executive director, said the proposal has yet to be brought forward to the executive board and added, “I have significant concerns about these events on multiple fronts.”


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One of those concerns should be the safety of kids. Playing a game in late December would mean, at least for Arizona high school players, another month of practice and a 15th game of the season. Given the irrefutable evidence that repeated hits to the head increase the chance of traumatic brain injury, how can any state high school association sign on and at the same time insist it cares about its student-athletes?

Second, what about kids who, after the football season, want to play winter sports such as basketball, wrestling or soccer. Would a late December game mean they couldn’t join those teams until January? But I’m guessing neither ESPNU nor Burger King cares about those sports or those coaches.

Look, the football season is long enough. A state championship should be the culmination of a player’s career and enough fulfillment to last a lifetime. No one needs some made-up, play for pay “bowl series” dreamed up by some ESPN executive who wants to add a few more hours of programming.

Just say no, AIA.

Best of Arizona high school football:

Centennial senior quarterback Daniel Smith celebrates the Coyotes’ win at the Division II state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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