Lost Revenue from COVID-19 Crisis Prompts Colleges, Universities to Urge NCAA Waiver

  • The commissioners of five college athletic conferences have asked the NCAA to relax some of its requirements because of financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic following the cancellation of the men’s and women’s basketball national championship tournaments and the elimination of all NCAA spring sports competitions.
  • In a joint letter submitted to NCAA President Mark Emmert, the commissioners of five Division I conferences, asked the NCAA to waive certain NCAA requirements and provide waivers from compliance for a four-year period calling this the “direst financial crisis for higher education since at least the Great Depression.”
  • Among their requests was for the NCAA to ease the requirement that they sponsor a minimum of 16 sports to be in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They also asked to eliminate the current requirement that a university sponsor a minimum of 16 intercollegiate varsity sportsto remain a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and to waive the football attendance requirement, which requires colleges to average at least 15,000 people at all home football games.
  • Some universities such as University of Cincinnati and Old Dominion, have started cutting programs to save money, and it is likely that more will follow