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College Athletics: Issues Athletic Directors Face Joseph Eric Williams SPB51
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College Athletics: Issues Athletic Directors Face College Athletics have grown into a multi-million dollar sporting industry, and one of the most troubled industries in sports. Statistics show that over a seven-year period from 2003-2010, the women’s programs average revenue increased by 153%, a significantly larger gain than the men’s programs at 66% [Lug11] . All while the number of schools under investigation have risen from 55; when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) first publicly released the names of the colleges and universities under Title IX review, to 94 as of January 2015. Athletic Directors must now find ways to deal with the multiple issues that arise as college athletics undergo more scrutiny. Issues surrounding NCAA regulations, Title IX compliance, and Booster Club issues are just the beginning of the many issues that Athletic Directors must deal with daily, and in the near future. Compounding these issues are the prima-donna attitudes of athletes and coaches within the programs themselves. Only those with excellent leadership abilities and management skill will be able to overcome these issue and develop a highly successful athletic department. One of the first, and most common issues in college athletics is budgetary constraint. Many top colleges are feeling the pinch as budgetary constraints are resulting in shrinking programs. One such well known school, M.I.T cut eight varsity programs to include; alpine skiing, competitive pistol, golf, wrestling, and men and women’s ice hockey and gymnastics. M.I.T’s athletics department cited the need to trim $1.5 million from its budget, as the reason for cutting these programs. Many programs find themselves in similar situations, especially in current economic times. Athletic Directors must address these types of problems and still provide competitive programs that increase the athletic experience and the school as a whole. Temple for example reduced their programs by seven varsity sports in July 2014. Citing a $150
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College Athletics: Issues Athletic Directors Face million reduction in funding as the cause. Director of Athletics and Vice President Kevin Clark istated, “Reducing the number of sports will mean Athletics can invest more into the student- athletes, staff, and facilities for the remaining Olympic sports, and offer the best possible learning and competitive environment (Temple Athletics, 2013).” Addressing these issues and developing plans that allow for continued updating of programs and facilities, without having to cut programs is the optimal solution. Unfortunately, many athletic departments find themselves with no other option, and must choose which programs to cut.
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