Will high school sports survive Florida budget cuts?
Due to cuts each of the past five years, counties in Tampa Bay have already lost hundreds of millions of dollars. This upcoming cut will be the steepest. Pasco County is looking at $60 million. Pinellas is bracing for $86 million. And Hillsborough is looking at more than $100 million. If these numbers are even close, athletics will not survive untouched.
That could mean the end of middle school or junior varsity sports or doing away with specific sports. It will probably mean a cut to supplements, including those paid to coaches. It could lead to pay-for-play options.
And of course the worst-case scenario — no sports at all.