Court: TSSAA Is Subject To Open Records Laws

Court: TSSAA Is Subject To Open Records Laws

CREATED May 2, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, the body that regulates high school sports, is subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act.

The decision stems from a lawsuit filed after the TSSAA refused to turn over records to the now-defunct Nashville City Paper. The paper was seeking records related to the investigation of recruiting violations at the elite Nashville private school Montgomery Bell Academy.

This week the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision that found that even though the TSSAA is a private non-profit corporation, it is the functional equivalent of a state agency and subject to the open records laws.

An attorney for the TSSAA did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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