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Jan. 21, 2019 — A possible conflagration in Storrs?

The last decade or so, a number of NCAA field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs have been zeroed out and defunded because of budgetary concerns. Amongst the victims in recent years have been the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, the University of Rhode Island, Philadelphia University, Ohio University, and the University of the Pacific.

Well, this afternoon, I read this about the University of Connecticut. UConn has spent an awful lot of money on getting ice hockey and football back in its sporting portfolios, and even though they have gotten gifts to build the infrastructure for these teams, there is a serious bump-up in expenses for maintenance and upkeep.

Meanwhile, Connecticut moved from a conference with enormous name recognition (Big East) to a conference without the same type of revenue stream. The American Athletic Conference does not have an over-the-air television network. Instead, it broadcasts games on either Sidearm Sports or Facebook Live.

While the Swish Appeal story speculates on only the women’s lacrosse team and the two soccer teams on campus, I’m not so sure that these three teams could close a $40 million budget deficit.

It may take more.