ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - For the third straight year, high school sports seasons will be shorter in New York as a shaky economy has school districts looking to save money.
Cuts vary by sport: Baseball teams that play 24 regular-season games will go to 20, football teams will go from 10 games to 9 or 8, depending on regional officials.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association says the shorter schedules allow schools to cut budgets without cutting programs. Critics - including coaches and kids - have said the new policy unfairly targets student athletes.
The extension passed easily on Tuesday. They were first adopted for the 2009-10 school year.
Supporters say the cuts can save up to $10 million a year among the state's 776 schools.
Other states have also cut back on sports.
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