Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inside the budget: Friday Night Lights of Los Alamitos

Friday Night Lights, the youth football league based in Los Alamitos, California, has grown phenomenally since its founding in 2006.

Friday Night Lights' total revenue, a mere $47,000 in 2006, has increased every year and in 2012 reached $1,767,963, based on tax returns filed by the league (which operates officially as the nonprofit Orange County Youth Sports Association). It seems certain to breach the $2 million level in 2013.

The league has achieved its growth in part by moving beyond Los Alamitos and opening new competition locations elsewhere in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.

Revenue is not the only thing that has changed. What started as a volunteer-run operation now pays salaries to its top officers. League founders and co-presidents Mark Boersma and Chris Ketchum each were paid $72,922 in 2012, according to the latest tax return.

They weren't the most highly compensated. David Brodt of Huntington Beach, listed as a "commissioner" on the tax return, received $119,773 from the league in 2012.

Another $138,000 was paid out to unnamed other commissioners.

In all, total compensation to the league's officers and commissioners totaled $414,000 in 2012.

See also: "Football frenzy: Friday Night Lights in Los Alamitos."

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