My old paper in Wilmington has a thorough report on UNC-Wilmington’s decision to cut a few sports.
Title IX influenced the decision-making on what to cut, but the figures show some women’s programs bringing in more money than their male counterpart. (In most cases, though, the expenses are higher.)
The numbers also show men’s basketball, the non-football school’s showcase sport, as the biggest revenue-generator by far. But it had expenses of $1.87 million against revenue of $557,624.
So if you were going strictly on finances, you’d cut the basketball team and leave the others.
They’re not going to do that, of course. Cutting the basketball team would be a huge blow to UNCW.
But then does that mean college sports serve an intangible purpose of school spirit rather than the tangible purpose of giving student-athletes a chance to compete?