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ERIC Number: EJ846669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
As Cutbacks Hit College Sports, Baseball Falls behind in the Count
Wolverton, Brad
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n36 pA1 May 2009
For two weeks every June, the College World Series showcases one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA's) most popular sports. More than 300,000 fans flock to picturesque Rosenblatt Stadium, in Omaha, with millions more tuning in on ESPN. Ticket sales, which in recent years topped $9-million, make baseball the NCAA's second-biggest championship revenue producer, behind March Madness. The event has become so popular that the city recently broke ground on a $128-million field where, starting in 2011, college sports' annual season-ending event will be played. With all that going for it, it's odd to hear many baseball observers say the college game is showing signs of distress. What makes baseball a potential candidate for cuts? For starters, athletic directors don't have many $900,000 line items in their budgets, a ballpark estimate of many college-baseball programs. Dozens of colleges have trimmed their overall athletics expenses--traveling less (or less expensively), reducing off-season competition, eliminating nonessential expenses like media guides. A handful have frozen jobs or laid off workers. But as athletics departments face dwindling donations, empty seats, and shaky sponsorship deals, some are being forced to take bigger steps. That often means eliminating teams--as at least 13 Division I programs have done this year. The cuts have been across the board. In addition to baseball, colleges have announced plans to scratch 17 other sports, including softball, soccer, track, and volleyball. Teams with large rosters that bring in little revenue are usually the first to go.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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