On Tuesday, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh unveiled a 17-member commission that is charged with finding ways to increase revenue and reduce costs for the school’s athletic programs. Loh said the school has spent more money than it has generated “for the past several years.”
In a statement announcing his plans, Loh said “all options” should be on the table.
Imagine, for a moment, that you were invited to be a member of the commission. How would you suggest the school get its athletic books in order?
Keep in mind that any conversation that involves cutting sports would be emotionally charged. Maryland offers 27 varsity sports, a huge number, and many of them have been as successful on the field of play as they have been a drain on the school’s coffers. There also are Title IX considerations that mandate Maryland offer the same athletic opportunities to women as it does to men.
For a look at the revenues and expenses from each Maryland team for the 2009-10 season, click here (click on the "Revenues and Expenses” tab).
What do you think? Which sports would you cut, and why? How would you raise revenues (scheduling football games at FedEx Field and M&T Bank Stadium seems to be a step in the right direction).
Leave your thoughts in the comments. For another look at the matter, read Tracee Hamilton’s column.