On Friday, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 1981, a bill that could have a big impact on the future of competitive high school events in Texas. Under SB 1981, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) would be required to undergo a competitive bidding process in selecting host cities for statewide competitions in high school high school athletics, academics and music.
Schwertner said, “Some of the finest athletic and academic facilities in Texas are right here in the Brazos Valley.” He said, “Our central location makes us an ideal location to host UIL competitions –and as the UIL makes decisions regarding where to host state championships in high school football, basketball, debate or marching band–it’s only right that they give our community the consideration it deserves.”
Due to its longstanding history with the University of Texas, the UIL remains headquartered in Austin to this day. As a result, many feel that Austin holds an unfair advantage over other locations when it comes to hosting large-scale high school events and competitions.