Mayor Brown Pleased with Section VI Decision Reversal

Would have severely limited BPS scheduling options

WBEN Newsroom
January 21, 2020 - 6:11 pm

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - A day after Section VI decided to reverse its decision to go back to a league-scheduling format, Mayor Byron Brown said it was the correct move.

"The reversal by Section VI is important to the entire Buffalo community and certainly our student athletes in the Buffalo Public Schools," he said. "It will provide a year for Section VI, the Erie County Interscholastic Conference and the Buffalo School administration to negotiate something that will be beneficial, certainly, to the student athletes in the City of Buffalo, the suburbs and our rural communities."

The five Buffalo schools that participate in football - Bennett, Burgard, Hutch-Tech, McKinley, and South Park - left the now-defunct Harvard Cup League 10 years ago in favor of joining Section VI football, which allowed for different competition and more exposure.

Section leaders, however, wanted to revert to league-based scheduling because would reduce travel time and costs for the more-than-60 teams, but it also meant that Buffalo schools would have been left playing against each other and nobody else in the section, which would have severely limited their scheduling options. Section VI noted the concerns of the city schools in their move to reverse the decision.

"It was exclusionary - we want a system that is fair and equitable," Brown continued. "I think Section VI and the Erie County Interscholastic Conference have heard the concerns of this community and others throughout the region, and this action is a very positive one..."

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