Sports Money…Where does it go?

Article co-written with Ginny Martinez

At Centennial, sports are one of the biggest and most important things we have.
With 21 varsity teams and hundreds of players, it could be one of the biggest expenses
of the school. As a follow up to our most recent article, referencing the school wide
budget, The Centinal takes a deeper look at sports, and more importantly: the money
that makes it all possible. Brian Easter, the Centennial Athletic Director, explained the
whole process.

Centennial gets a 100 thousand dollar sports budget each year divided among all
of the athletic teams. Easter said that, by far, football takes the most amount of money
away from the budget. Each year, Centennial has to pay for gear. Not only does
football have to purchase new gear, but it has to be certified every season to protect our
athletes. The Centinal chooses to assume that this would be the reason why some of
our players are still using warm up suits that are older than they are.
“Last year I was actually hoping for games to get rained out so we wouldn’t have
to pay for refs.” Easter admitted. Although football is individually the most expensive
sport, the awards are what really takes the most out of the budget. The letterman C’s,
year numbers, and recently added small C’s for JV teams cost about 5 thousand dollars
each year to have enough for every team. Easter said that the administration is also
trying to add a new patch, which is the school emblem (a knight on a horse.) They are
thinking of giving this to the most outstanding players as a reward for their efforts as a
The money that is left to the budget is split equally between the teams to go
towards any expenses that need to be covered. It is known that football individually
gets a team dinner every Thursday, and this is the only team with this luxury. The
reason behind this is not that the school is favoring one sport over all the others. Each
team has “Booster Clubs” that cover dinners, busses, and snacks for the teams. These
expenses are not a part of Centennial’s sports budget. Football’s Booster Club is just a
bit larger than others, probably having something to do with the abundance of players,
which explains the team dinners.
From very expensive awards to new gear each year, 100 thousand dollars
withers away very quickly and it can seem like a very small amount of money. Thanks
to Easter and his awesome budgeting skills, we have ways to manage and maintain our
spectacular sports program. In all, this sheds light on why we are able to do everything
we can with the sports teams, but also why our football teams will have to deal with the
old warm ups for a couple more years.