Berkeley Reconsiders Athletics Cuts

February 9, 2011

The University of California at Berkeley is reconsidering a plan to eliminate five athletic teams, The New York Times reported. Supporters of the teams have been lobbying for their preservation, and some have pledged money to pay for the teams, although those funds are far short of the $80 million that the university earlier said would be needed to keep the teams. The Times noted that the elimination of the two women's and three men's teams would make it difficult for the university to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars sex bias in programs receiving federal funds. Officials estimate that, if Berkeley went ahead with the cuts, it would need to add an additional 50 women's athletics slots and to eliminate an additional 80 men's slots to comply.

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