Spring and summer is the time of the year when out-of-town advertising firms begin their efforts to hawk Payson High School sports schedules and calendars.
While those sales are legal, the warning from PHS athletic director Dave Bradley is that the schedules/calendars do not have the approval of school officials.
The only firm PHS endorses to sell Longhorn sports calendars is Chuck Hallock's Summit Screenprint.
In return for allowing him to produce the calendars, Hallock returns a portion of the proceeds to the school's athletic budget.
"Chuck treats us well and the money stays in Payson," Bradley said.
The AD received a call Tuesday morning from a concerned local businessperson who had been contacted by a telemarketer. The caller said he was selling advertising for a Longhorn football calendar and poster.
Having out-of-town firms attempt to sell schedules is not a new headache for the AD. Since he took over control of the athletic department, Bradley has constantly faced the problem of unauthorized persons trying to peddle advertising that appears to be endorsed by PHS.
Several years ago, I contacted one of the advertising firms that was located in Texas. I was told that since schedules are public domain, it is perfectly legal to sell the advertising.
The man on the other end of the phone also tried to make a case for his advertising. His plea was that more publicity for PHS sports creates more fan support. That in turn increases gate revenues.
From my point of view, that's complete hogwash.
Payson police also got into the act, but found nothing illegal with the Texas firm.
However, if business persons want to help support Payson High School athletes, Summit and Hallock is the only firm endorsed by the school.
Santa's List golf tournament
The 17th Annual Stocking Stuffers' benefit golf tournament tees off Saturday, June 21 at the Payson Golf Course, and there's still plenty of time to add your foursome to the roster.
This tournament is organized by Santa's List -- the Rim country's biggest charity that provides toys and gifts for children and seniors at Christmas. The four-man best ball scramble begins with a shotgun start at 7 a.m.; second round begins at 1 p.m. Organizers have lined up a bevy of prizes for closest-to-the-pin and longest drives. There's even a brand new 2003 Jeep Liberty, courtesy of Chapman Auto Center, for the golfer lucky enough to shoot a hole-in-one on a selected hole.
In addition to those prizes, Santa's List has rounded up raffle items, including tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks game, and a host of other raffle items.
Entry fee is $70 per person, which includes greens fees, cart, refreshments, prizes and lunch or dinner. Registration ends June 6, and forms can be picked up at the Payson Golf Course, or the Roundup.
For more information, call (928) 472-8827.