Wisconsin Assembly OKs WIAA open records bill

Wisconsin’s high school sports association would have to abide by the state’s open records and meetings laws under a bill the Assembly approved early Wednesday morning.

The bill’s author, Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, has argued more transparency likely would help the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association avoid embarrassing episodes like the one it endured last month. The organization drew widespread ridicule over an email it sent to school administrators telling them to crack down on fan taunts and cheers such as “air ball” and “scoreboard.”

A northern Wisconsin high school basketball player was suspended for making a profane tweet about the policy, pushing the story into the national headlines. Sports media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, as well as pundits and fans began mocking the WIAA’s policy, calling it coddling and overprotective. Continue…