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Berkeley will eliminate five sports after faculty outcry

September 29, 2010

The University of California at Berkeley will eliminate five sports teams next year, including baseball.

Berkeley will reduce its number of teams to 24 as part of an effort to trim its athletics subsidy, which was about $13-million last year, to $5-million by 2014. The current level of spending has caused an uproar among faculty members, who have called on the University to stop subsidizing the athletics department altogether.

Few public universities field as many teams as Berkeley does now. Starting next year, it will drop baseball, men's and women's gymnastics, and women's lacrosse, and it will demote its championship men's rugby team, from a varsity sport to a self-supporting club team.

A report in July from a committee of Berkeley faculty and alumni criticized the spending behavior of the athletics department, saying the department "has been playing by a very different set of budgetary rules from the rest of the campus."


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