2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:11-3.1 - Definitions relative to public school district participation in certain voluntary associations which oversee sports activities.

18A:11-3.1 Definitions relative to public school district participation in certain voluntary associations which oversee sports activities.

1. a. As used in this section:

"CPI" means the average annual increase, expressed as a decimal, in the consumer price index for the New York City and Philadelphia areas during the fiscal year preceding the prebudget year as reported by the United States Department of Labor.

b. A public school district shall not join pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1979, c.172 (C.18A:11-3), any voluntary association which oversees activities associated with Statewide interscholastic sports programs if:

(1) the association charges a cable television company an increased licensing fee, rate, assessment or other consideration for the broadcast of playoff games over local access or local originating channels, or both, compared to the licensing fee, rate, assessment or other consideration charged by the district for the broadcast of regular season games over local access or local originating channels, or both;

(2) the association requires increased ticket prices for attendance at playoff games compared to regular season games, unless the playoff game is held at a location other than a public school and the increased ticket prices are deemed necessary by the Commissioner of Education. In the event that the playoff game is held at a location other than a public school and the commissioner deems an increase in playoff ticket prices is necessary, a public school district shall not join an association that increases adult ticket prices by more than 200% of the cost of the highest adult ticket prices for the regular season games charged by any of the member teams of the athletic conference that is located in closest proximity to the playoff game location, regardless of whether or not any of the playoff teams are members of that athletic conference; and in the event that two or more athletic conferences are equal in distance to the playoff game location, by not more than 200% of the cost of the highest adult ticket prices for regular season games charged by any of the member teams of those athletic conferences. Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph to the contrary, the commissioner may allow a public school district to join an association that charges in excess of the amount herein provided if the association demonstrates to the commissioner that the increased ticket prices are required to offset rental, staffing, security, or insurance costs specific to the location site.

In no event shall the commissioner deem an increase in ticket prices for senior citizens or children to be necessary;

(3) the association charges a membership fee for the 2009-2010 school year which exceeds the membership fee for the 2008-2009 school year multiplied by 1 plus the CPI, and in any subsequent school year charges a membership fee that exceeds the prior school year fee multiplied by 1 plus the CPI, unless the Commissioner of Education deems a greater increase in the membership fee is necessary;

(4) the association charges members an entry fee for teams or individuals competing in playoff games for the 2009-2010 school year which exceeds the entry fee for the 2008-2009 school year multiplied by 1 plus the CPI, and in any subsequent school year charges members an entry fee that exceeds the prior school year fee multiplied by 1 plus the CPI, unless the Commissioner of Education deems a greater increase in the entry fee is necessary; or

(5) the association charges members any assessment in addition to the membership fee, unless the Commissioner of Education deems an additional assessment is necessary.

c. If any provision of this section is determined by the Commissioner of Education to jeopardize the amateur status of the student-athlete, that provision shall be null and void.

L.2007, c.41, s.1.

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