The Section VI Football Federation has decided to shift its high school games to league play.
The change leaves five Buffalo city schools without a chance to compete for statewide championships. Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown has issued a statement calling for the Federation to reconsider its decision. Brown calls the change unfair and discriminatory, as city athletes will now have limited exposure to college scouts.
"The City of Buffalo's school system is the most diverse in the region. A decision to exclude them is a rejection of the principles of equity, diversity and inclusiveness our regional education leaders claim to believe in. I am calling on Section VI to revisit this discusion and find a way to include Buffalo athletes in interscholastic play. My administration is prepared to stand with the students, coaches, parents and district leaders in defense of these young people's right to compete at the same level as their peers across the region," Brown said.
The Buffalo School District dissolved the Harvard Cup League a decade ago to join the Federation.