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Dominoes are falling faster and faster. The B1G confernce has cancelled non-conference games for all Fall sports. Stanford eliminated 11 sports. The Ivy League has cancelled football for 2020. Players are testing positive in programs all over the country. I always thought that we'd see some NCAA football this year but now, I'm thinking it's a 60-40 chance that it's going to be shut down altogether.

7/9/2020 3:59:00 PM

Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season

We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority.
To that end, the Big Ten Conference announced today that if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports. Details for these sports will be released at a later date, while decisions on sports not listed above will continue to be evaluated. By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.
This decision was made following many thoughtful conversations over several months between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Directors of Athletics, Conference Office staff, and medical experts including the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
In addition, the Conference announced that summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, Big Ten student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team. 
While Big Ten member institutions continue to rely on the most up-to-date medical information to establish the best protocols for voluntary workouts on their campuses, in compliance with local and state regulations, the Conference is working with the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee to finalize Conference-wide protocols.
As we continue to focus on how to play this season in a safe and responsible way, based on the best advice of medical experts, we are also prepared not to play in order to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes should the circumstances so dictate.

Stanford eliminates 11 varsity sports in the face of mounting deficit, pandemic impact

By JON WILNER | jwilner@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: July 8, 2020 at 10:13 a.m. | UPDATED: July 9, 2020 at 9:56 a.m.

Stanford, home to the most successful intercollegiate athletics program in the country, has eliminated 11 Olympic sports teams, including field hockey and men’s volleyball, because of budget woes partly related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We now face the reality that significant change is needed to create fiscal stability for Stanford Athletics, and to provide the support we believe is essential for our student-athletes to excel,” athletic director Bernard Muir wrote Wednesday in a letter to the campus community.

The athletic department’s deficit was projected to exceed $12 million in the 2021 fiscal year — and that was before factoring the impact of the pandemic into the calculation.

All told, the sports eliminated have combined to win 20 national championships. However, six are not sponsored by the NCAA — meaning they don’t count in the Learfield IMG College Cup standings.

“As you can imagine, this has been a heartbreaking day for all of us, especially those student-athletes and coaches who are involved,” Muir said Wednesday during a news conference.

“We made this decision only after exhausting all viable alternatives.

Stanford has won the Cup, awarded to the most successful all-around athletic department — it used to be called the Sears Cup — in each of the past 25 years.

That success was tied to the amount of sports offered:

The Cardinal sponsored 36 varsity teams — twice the national average and the most, by far, in the Pac-12 Conference.

Partly due to the cost of sponsoring 36 teams, the $12 million deficit was expected to increase in coming years, even under normal circumstances.

Stanford has taken measures to trim expenses, including salary reductions for football coach David Shaw and basketball coach Jerod Haase.

But revenue tied to ticket sales — or lack thereof — also played a role in the mounting budget shortfall.

In 2015, the Stanford football program averaged 49,917 fans per home game.

Last season, the Cardinal averaged 37,018 fans per home game.

That decline of 13,000 tickets over seven home games at, for example, $50 per paying customer (ticket, parking, concessions), would equate to a revenue decrease of $4.5 million.

Attendance at men’s basketball has also fallen over the years.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and associated recession have only exacerbated the gap,” Muir explained in his letter to the campus.

“Before these sport reductions, our revised forecasts indicated a best-case scenario of a $25 million deficit in FY21, factoring in the effects of COVID-19, and a cumulative shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years.

“These projected deficits could become much greater if the 2020-21 sports seasons are suspended or altered due to COVID-19.”

The university’s annual budget is approximately $7 billion, and its endowment was $28 billion as of last fall.

Much of the endowment is restricted, meaning donations are earmarked for specific uses, from research projects to scholarships.

The programs eliminated are: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling.

The teams will be allowed to compete in 2020-21, pandemic permitting, and many could become club sports over time.

In addition, Stanford is downsizing its athletic department staff by 20 positions.



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It's not ideal, but possibly a 10 game conference schedule would be awesome. I'll take football anyway we can get it. Still hoping and praying the vaccine is here by the end of the year/early next year. 

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WHY The He77 is the Big10 openly trying to persuade other conferences to "join them" in canceling the fall season?!?!?  

Seriously, stay out of other peoples business!  If you need the other conferences to join you, preferably at the same time to announce it, that just reeks of "needing validation" for your decision.

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