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FWIW, ODU is getting rid of wrestling. The university said it is because of the coronavirus, but fans on social media have been saying this is a move the administration have been preparing for for years.

I don't believe that this will be an issue at FAU, but the lack of revenue is already hurting some of our conference-mates.

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An independent study of Old Dominionís athletic department commissioned by the university paints a potentially bleak picture for the future of many of its programs, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic.

ďConference membership decisions need to be madeĒ to reduce travel expenses and missed class time while generating more fan interest in the form of ticket sales.


www.pilotonline.com/sports/college/old-dominion/vp-sp-odu-at
hletics-study-20200403-akwhwiad2zfmrbvob7j6dlzcjy-story.html
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Old Dominion got hit hard a few years ago when laws were enacted to prevent them from taxing the student body with fees. †This isn't due to a lack of revenue. †This is due to a lack of ability to charge their students to pay for the athletic programs.

I know its hard to understand and most just cant believe it…but MOST college athletic programs run at a HUGE deficit every year.† Football programs aside from 30-40 of them out of 1,000 lose money.† They are in place and paid for as a marketing tool.† For some reason people believe all football programs profit a ton of money, I am not sure why…folks, its not the truth.

https://www.pilotonline.com/sports/college/old-dominion/article_b2f87312-8916-59f1-866b-3173901c0fc6.html


I understood Del. Kirk Cox's frustration nearly three years ago when he proposed tapping the brakes on state schools that were funding athletic programs on the backs of students.

At the time, he was appalled when he learned his son, a student at Longwood, was paying more than $1,700 in athletic fees.

It set limits on the percentage of a school's athletic program that can be funded by student fees. And while it's had little effect at Virginia and Virginia Tech, whose programs are fed largely through ticket sales and TV revenue, it has caused real pain at some mid-major schools, including Old Dominion and Norfolk State.

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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Well it may become a real issue even with many of the BigBoy programs with the revenue cash cow sick right now!

SOMETHING needs to kick in and make schools realize paying an OC/DC/even some position Coaches more than the College Pres. is just STUPID! Football IS NOT rocket science, many of these Coaches could only teach PE in High School!
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One of the things the study at ODU pointed to also had to do with being in a mega-conference that is geographically dispersed.  More regionalized conferences would reduce travel, increase interest (at least in theory) playing teams that are closer to you, etc.  But the mighty dollar will get in the way of that.  Just think if FAU was in a conference with a bunch of other G5 schools in FL, GA, SC, NC, etc.  Playing the likes of USF, UCF, FIU, Georgia Southern, App State, etc. rather than all those schools in Texas.  Seems like it would be pretty easy to come up with better alignment using the footprints of the AAC, Sunbelt, CUSA that would favor the "student athlete" versus what is in place today, but that is another thread.
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