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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2024 10:32 AM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: LBFC Study of the PIAA
As you know, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) oversees senior high and junior high athletic competitions in our state. Their function is to develop and enforce rules regulating those competitions. Comprised of over 1,400 public, charter, and private schools, there are more than 350,000 student athletes that compete under PIAA jurisdiction.

In my capacity as one of the six legislative appointees to the PA Athletic Oversight Committee, I have heard deep concerns over the policies, procedures, and decision making of the PIAA. Concerns from parents, teachers, athletic directors, principals, superintendents, and House and Senate members alike. 

Statutorily, the authority of the PA Athletic Oversight Committee is limited. Attempts to have these concerns addressed by PIAA leadership too often go unresolved if they are considered at all.

In this light, I believe it is time to take a deliberate and considered approach in conducting a comprehensive study of the PIAA. I will soon be introducing legislation to direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to commence and complete that study.

The LBFC will be tasked with examining, reviewing, and/or making recommendations in the following areas:
  • Financial performance
  • Broadcast agreements
  • Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) policy
  • Competition Classification Formula
  • Transfer policy
  • Location of state championships
  • Composition of the Board of Directors and the feasibility of legislative and state departmental appointees to the board
  • Potential expansion and enhancement of the authority of the PA Athletic Oversight Committee
To be clear, this is not an effort to legislatively wrest control from the PIAA. But rather a measured attempt to closely examine the current atmosphere and actions of the PIAA and identify the areas most in need of revision and/or improvement. It’s been over two decades since a thorough study of the PIAA has been performed. I believe it is well past the time to take another look. I hope you agree.

Introduced as HR318