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Johnson City school officials worried about cost of ETSU's sports plans

NATHAN BAKER, NET News Service • Feb 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University is clearly interested in hosting its athletic teams at Johnson City Schools’ sports facilities next year, but school board members are still looking to get contracts in place to keep the district from footing the bill.

At the board’s regular meeting Monday, Supervisor of Instruction and Facilities Dave Chupa and Board of Education Chairwoman Kathy Hall said the university is already scheduling dates for the Bucs men’s basketball team to play all of its home conference games at Freedom Hall, an extension of an experiment that started this year with three games.

“My understanding is that they have already set aside dates that they have blocked off in order to be able to use that facility for the basketball program,” Chupa said, referencing a January meeting with representatives from the school district, ETSU and the city. “They all had a very positive feeling from the fans, athletes, coaches, administration, toward their endeavor that they had this year, so all indications to us are that they will be planning to play there next year.”

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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