The high school baseball season will proceed as planned. After the UIL mandated what amounted to a pay cut for East Texas officials this season, the umps decided they didn't want that. When the UIL didn't want to talk at all, the umps got together and made one more offer to baseball coaches to try and save the season.
Wednesday night, their compromise proposal was accepted. President Dwight Thomas says the lack of ticket sales to games works against baseball umpires.
"The game fee for all three major sports is about $45 a game," Thomas explained. In football, they receive (a cut of the) gate. In basketball, the receive a gate, or they're supposed to. However, a basketball game lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. A baseball game last two and a half hours, and there's never a gate that we're paid.
"This all came about late December, this really doesn't give the schools a chance to do anything. We decided we just need to call the games and do a good job, and let the superintendents battle for us next year with the UIL, and get the game fee where it needs to be."
In addition, Thomas released the following statement.
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