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    by Pat Hickey October 2017

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    by Andy Berg October 2017

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    by Adam Shell September 2017

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  • USF Announces Results of Stadium Feasibility Study

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

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  • Memphis Takes On $10M Debt for Indoor Practice Site

    by Mark Giannotto August 2017

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  • Missouri Slashes College Athletics Budgets

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Missouri is slashing state funding to higher education and much of that money is coming from the state's college athletics programs.

    In order to balance Missouri’s state budget, Governor Eric Greitens cut $251 million in spending, $36 million of which was gouged from higher education.

    According to a report from the Kansas City Star, public colleges and universities at all levels will feel the pinch. Missouri State has cut its field hockey team and UMKC will be without cheerleaders.

    In 2016, UMKC had an athletic budget of $14.7 million. This year, the school will have to trim $1.5 million from its athletics budget. Dropping the cheerleading squad will trim $45,000 and affect 20 squad members.

    Cheerleading coach Dawn Todd told the Star she was “shocked” by news her program was being cut. “It wasn’t just losing a team, it’s been part of my life,” she said.

    After eliminating five full-time positions, UMKC is also looking at ways to shore up travel expenses. As part of the Western Athletic Conference, UMKC competes with schools on the West Coast, including California and Washington. Athletic Director Carla Wilson said the cuts have been difficult. “It’s been very tough work, and it’s not over. Resources are tight. We’re working on this every single day,” Wilson said.

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    Missouri State, which had a 2016 budget of $26.2 million, is also being squeezed. The school has reduced expenses in each of its athletic programs by 7-12 percent. It’s also cut scholarships and restructured some aid programs for student athletes. 

    Missouri State also cut its field hockey team, which saved about $1.1 million and included a roster of 17, including 12 scholarship athletes. Athletic director Kyle Moats said, “Cutting a sport is the worst thing you can do as an athletic director. It’s the toughest thing to do and there was nobody who wanted that.”

    Mizzou, which enjoyed $97 million in revenue from the SEC in 2016, is also looking at ways to save. The Tigers are cutting some technology upgrades and other equipment purchases, which will shave about $1.4 million in spending in the coming year. 

  • $60M Budget Cuts Result in Lost Hours, Jobs at MU

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    The University of Missouri is reducing on-campus facility hours and staff in an effort to address nearly $60 million in budget cuts for the fiscal year 2018. The cuts are expected to reach into Mizzou's student recreation center, and beyond.

  • Beckham Aquires Land for Miami Soccer Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    On Tuesday, David Beckham gained approval from Miami-Dade County commissioners to buy the final third of the nine acres needed for a Major League Soccer stadium planned for the Miami Overtown neighborhood.

  • District Takes Over Athletic Trainer Expense from State

    by Jason Scott June 2017

    The state of Illinois has been without a comprehensive budget for about two years, and it’s starting to cause problems for some public high schools that are taking it upon themselves to pay for athletic trainers if the state won’t.