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Eastern Michigan still plans to cut sports

Eastern Michigan still plans to cut sports despite growing outrage

Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

Despite mounting pressure from the sports community and its supporters, Eastern Michigan remains steadfast in its decision to eliminate four sports in order to save $2.4 million and combat the university’s steep budget shortfalls.

Support to save softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and wrestling has steadily grown since EMU announced March 20 that it would cut the sports. Organizers held two protests on the Ypsilanti campus last month that drew hundreds of supporters.

Among them was EMU accounting professor Howard Bunsis, who disagreed with the NCAA Management Report, which details all revenues and expenses for every sport, that EMU submitted in January. Bunsis’ own analysis determined the athletic department would actually lose $61,327 if it were to cut the four sports by factoring in several budgetary items, including $690,006 in foregone tuition paid by more than 80 student-athletes who would no longer attend the school, $396,407 in NCAA distribution and $209,839 in other revenue.

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