University of Minnesota to discontinue 3 men’s sports

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WKBT) — The University of Minnesota Athletics Department announced Thursday its plan to cut three men’s varsity sports because of financial struggles from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall 2020-21 sports.

The university says it plans to discontinue men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s gymnastics and men’s tennis at the completion of their 2020-21 competition season.

The move is pending the approval of the Board of Regents.

The university says its athletics department is now facing a projected loss of revenue of approximately $75 million just this fiscal year.

“In addition to the financial challenges and gender-equity commitments, we also considered community impact, local and national interest, competitiveness, and sport sponsorship at the Big Ten and NCAA Division I level when making this decision. We understand that this is devastating news for impacted student-athletes, coaches and staff. We also recognize the ripple effect this decision will have on all of our student-athletes and on former letter winners, alumni, donors, family, friends and fans who have participated on and cheered for these four programs over the years. We did not make this decision lightly,” the university said in a letter to the campus community.