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UW and WIAA extend high school athletics agreement

UW and WIAA extend high school athletics agreement

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MADISON (WKOW) -- After long and sometimes heated debates the UW Athletics Department and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association have come to a new facility agreement for high school tournaments.

The two organizations will extend their partnership for the next seven years keeping boys basketball, football, golf, wrestling and softball at the University of Wisconsin.

This partnership dates back to 1920 when the first boys basketball tournament was held in Madison. Since then the tournament has been held at UW save for one time back in 1936.

Both sides say that even though negotiations were sometimes heated, they are happy with the agreement. The length of the extension is unprecedented, as most agreements in the past have only been for three years at a time.

The tournaments have long been a source of revenue for the city of Madison. In 2011-12, the state tournaments drew 237,214 paid attendees, as well as thousands of coaches and athletes.

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