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Universities Try to Cut Spending by Slashing Sports Programs

Universities Try to Cut Spending by Slashing Sports Programs

“Brown University announced that it will eliminate 11 varsity sports this coming fall.”

In the coming months, there will likely be a lot more slashing and cutting.

Campus Reform reports:

Universities slash spending by cutting entire sports programs

Universities across the nation are ending sports programs as they look for new ways to reduce spending. Revenue losses from the nationwide shutdowns have caused coaches to be furloughed and forced student-athletes to end their athletic careers prematurely.

Brown University announced that it will eliminate 11 varsity sports this coming fall. Brown University President Christina Paxson said these cuts will allow for “heightened opportunities for competitive play” in the remaining sports. While the budget will remain the same for athletic operations, the removal of these programs gives Brown $500,000 to increase funding of other sports.

According to Paxton, these cuts were also made to satisfy the guidelines established by the federal lawsuit in Cohen v. Brown. The settlement states that Brown must “maintain a variance of no more than 3.5 percent between the percentage of female undergraduates and the percentage of female athletic opportunities.”

Brown is not the only university to eliminate sports programs.

Furman University has announced that it will get rid of both its baseball and men’s lacrosse programs, saving the school roughly $5 million.

East Carolina University has cut spending by $4.9 million by cutting all programs for both men’s and women’s tennis, swimming, and diving.

The University of Akron has also eliminated women’s tennis along with men’s cross country and golf to save $4.4 million. Programs such as the University of Cincinnati’s men’s soccer and Old Dominion’s wrestling have been discontinued as well.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | June 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

No! Not SPORTS! Close STEM departments and the arts. But, not SPORTS!

Morning Sunshine | June 8, 2020 at 11:15 am

about time. I agree with sports being a good way to develop habits of physical fitness and working with a team. BUT that has not been the focus of any sports in this country since I was a girl in the 80s. Now it is all about the money and the scholarships and the prestige. Even little league games are rife with “we must win” for 5-year olds!

we need balance

EdisonCarter | June 8, 2020 at 1:19 pm

It’s about time!

CLUB SPORTS ONLY!!!!!

That sure won’t play at a whole lot of Division I schools that are not Ivy League schools. Good luck with that.

these cuts were also made to satisfy the guidelines established by the federal lawsuit in Cohen v. Brown

So they’re eliminating the men’s sports programs, as UCLA did when it canceled its multiple Olympic gold medal winning men’s swimming program.

I’ll not get excited until major universities like Michigan, Texas, Alabama, and Ohio State start cutting into major sports programs.

Bama, cutting out football? Yeah, right. I’m a serious Auburn fan and I say that’ll never happen – at either school. The shock wave will finally split the San Andreas fault.

Hmmm … On second thought, the sacrifice may be worth while.
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They would actually save more money by eliminating the overpaid Diversity administrators (and their assistants) whose main purpose is to constrain free speech and provoke crises through identity politics.

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