MIAA football committee discusses new playoff system

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FRANKLIN — The MIAA football committee’s first meeting since the conclusion of the 2013 season focused on increased revenue after a disappointing 2012 season and fielded suggestions from the committee on how to tweak the new playoff system.

The 2013 playoffs — consisting of sectional tournaments, state semifinals, and state championships — had a total attendance of 57,526 and grossed $596,121.37, an increase from last year’s disappointing showing of 49,939 and gross of $490,508.

Gillette Stadium drew a combined attendance of 18,082 across all six Super Bowls, with the MIAA grossing $278,504 and Gillette bringing in $54,245.90. In 2012, total attendance was 13,289 — a byproduct of poor weather and lower attendance in Super Bowls involving Western Massachusetts teams — and grossed $179,079 for the MIAA and $39,867 for Gillette.

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