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March 12, 2009

TO: ECAC DII and DIII Conference Commissioners

FROM: Rudy Keeling, Commissioner of the ECAC

SUBJECT: Officiating Fee Freeze

In our ongoing efforts to annually contain officiating costs for our member institutions, I am pleased to announce that officiating game/contest fees will not increase in the 2009-2010 athletic year and will remain the same as the fees paid during the current 2008-2009 year. In light of the projected budget cuts that every athletic department is facing, coupled with the protracted economic downturn for the foreseeable future, this is the ECAC’s way of demonstrating our assistance and support to the institutions enrolled in our 12 officiating bureaus.

The decision to freeze officiating game fees for the 2009-2010 season could not have been made without the cooperation and support of the various sport officiating organizations we contract with on an annual basis. Gratitude is extended to the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association, National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Officials Organization and the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials Association for their approval and support of this fee freeze proposal.

Please inform the Athletic Directors within your conference of this announcement. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to contact Steve Bamford or me at your earliest convenience.

Best wishes to you and your staff for a successful spring season.

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