Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod warns about prep sports becoming a business – Los Angeles Times

In his latest commissioner’s message, Rob Wigod of the Southern Section talks about the concerns and challenges he had starting in 2000 when he first joined the section.

It was about “groups and individuals who wished to make high school athletics a business, instead of preserving the special and unique education-based athletic experience.”

Nothing has changed since he became commissioner.

“An entire industry contnues to grow and expand that is involved in high school sports, but not directly connected to our high schools,” he writes. “Club programs, travel teams, private coaches, sports academies, recruitng services, scouting combines, showcase events and the list goes on and on.

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