With a projected budget deficit of just over 400-thousand dollars, the Minnesota State High School League is looking at ways to improve their finances. Executive Director Erich Mertens says one issue to address is revenue from state tournaments.

“We make money off of tournaments, we have membership fees from our member schools and we have some contracts and some sponsorships which fund the Minnesota state high school league. And so when those sponsorships dip, that has an impact on our bottom line.”

Mertens says they did take the step of raising ticket prices at some state tournaments, including some that hadn’t seen a price increase since 2004.