Coronavirus Not Financial Disaster for Colleges, Yet

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Silver linings may be hard to find in a pandemic, but the disruption caused by the spread of coronavirus in the United States could have come at a much worse time for college athletic departments. At least this isn't fall.

As reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, football is the driving force that helps support most Olympic sports at NCAA Division I universities, and the hope is that the COVID-19 pandemic will be contained over the summer months and related uncertainties quelled by Labor Day. That's little consolation to spring sports student-athletes unable to practice and compete, but athletic department finances won't be decimated as a result of widespread cancellations.

"If anything, this saves us money," University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton said last Friday. "The bus trips and hotel rooms and the meals don't exist anymore, but we were hoping to build momentum in several of our sports."

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