Year of Publication



Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Name

Master of Public Financial Management

Committee Chair

Dr. Urton L. Anderson

Executive Summary

COVID-19 on Sports Program Offerings at NCAA Division I Institutions 2 Executive Summary In the past 40 years, the cost of operating a competitive college athletics department that competes for an institution within a Power Five conference the highest level of intercollegiate competition- has risen drastically. Concurrently, opportunities to compete at the highest level have expanded, especially for women who now outnumber men in Division I athletics competition. As COVID-19 constrained revenue, five institutions from Power Five conferences have discontinued 23 sports programs to date. This paper addresses how decision makers determine which sports programs to eliminate and offers recommendations on how to prevent the elimination of opportunities to compete in intercollegiate athletics.