Report recommends ways for UA to cut costs in athletics

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new report highlights the uncertainty of the University of Alaska's athletics programs, with some programs facing elimination as the university prepares to make drastic budget cuts in coming years.

    The Alaska Public Radio Network reports that the UA Anchorage and UA Fairbanks programs receive more than half their current budget from state funding. University officials are looking to significantly reduce those funds.

    The report offers three ways for the UA to cut costs. It recommends eliminating one or both athletic programs or reducing one or both programs to sports in the Division 2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The third option would require an exemption from the NCAA to allow the two programs to consolidate into one.

    The university is accepting public comment on the proposals.

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