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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