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2032, 21 Aug 20

Collegiate Sports Begin to Topple

The first wave. For all of those people who gripe about the attention that college football and basketball get, those sports pay for a lot of other sports. I expect a lot of schools will have to limit their sports offerings.

Iowa will drop four sports programs as part of the athletic department’s response to a projected loss of $100 million in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

School president Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta said Friday that men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis and men’s and women’s swimming and diving will be discontinued after the 2020-21 academic year.

Barta said the Big Ten’s decision to postpone football and other fall sports until the spring will create an overall budget deficit between $60 million and $75 million this year.

“A loss of this magnitude will take years to overcome. We have a plan to recover, but the journey will be challenging,” Harreld and Barta said.


2032, 21 August 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann


    Hold liberals responsible.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Why?  Be specific.  Facts are worth bonus points.

  3. Randall Flagg

    Start with proving Harreld is a liberal.  (Hint:  he isn’t)

  4. dad29

    Tommy’s response:  “We wanna borrow $500 million or so to fix all this.”

    We know who’s going to re-pay that, Tommy.  How about just cutting $500 million in expenses?

  5. jjf

    Dad29, but exactly how is Maggie Gau involved?  Surely she must be.  Does she control Tommy too?

  6. Mar

    As of 2016, Iowa had endowment fund of about $1.7 billion in endowments. They certainly could use some of that money to help the non-football athletes.
    But my guess is they just wanted to get rid of these sports.

  7. dad29

    How is an annoying fruit-fly able to type inane questions?

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