Michigan High School Athletic Association Shells Out $6 Million In Landmark Case

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DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan High School Athletic Association has agreed to pay $6 million in legal fees in a landmark case that changed the seasons for girls basketball and volleyball.

The MHSAA would immediately pay $2.5 million, then make smaller
annual payments until May 2015.

Without a settlement, the high school association could be on the hook for millions more, including interest.

A group called Communities for Equity filed a lawsuit in federal court in 1998, claiming prep sports seasons discriminated against girls and violated state and federal law. In 2001, a federal judge in Kalamazoo agreed.

The deal on legal fees was filed Wednesday and needs the approval of U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney.