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Stanford is planning to cut 11 university sports due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne, provost Persis Drell and athletic director Bernard Muir revealed the move Wednesday in an open letter
“ We now deal with the reality that significant change is needed to create fiscal stability for Stanford Athletics, and to provide the support we believe is vital for our student-athletes to excel,” the letter read.
The 11 sports are as follows:
- men’s fencing
- women’s fencing
- field hockey
- lightweight rowing
- guys’s rowing
- co-ed sailing
- ladies’s cruising
- synchronized swimming
- men’s volley ball
Stanford stated more than 240 student-athletes and 22 coaches comprised the 11 groups. Jointly, the programs likewise won 20 championship games and saw their athletes win 27 Olympic medals.
The school said prior to the pandemic the sports department was anticipated to perform at a $12 million deficit for the 2021 fiscal year. That number had been updated to $25 million when considering the pandemic, and suspending any 2020-21 athletic seasons would further exacerbate the issue.
Stanford isn’t the only school in a similar position. ESPN.com noted the numerous universities that have either cut specific sports or placed athletic employees on furlough to mitigate the financial ramifications.
The pandemic currently forced the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament and spring sports altogether. Universities across the nation have actually also closed their schools and transitioned to online knowing.
The approaching fall season might be affected too.
With the number of cases showing few indications of a decrease, the 2020 college football campaign might be in threat Must the season start as scheduled in late August, schools would almost certainly have arena with limited capability or no fans entirely, therefore losing out on profits from ticket and concession sales.