Wednesday, May 18, 2016

From Shootout to entire teams, UAA looks at all options as budget cuts loom - Doyle Woody, Alaska Dispatch News

UAA’s athletic department may slash nearly 16 percent, or $1.7 million, from its budget in the coming fiscal year, when significant cuts are expected throughout the University of Alaska system to help address the state’s $4 billion budget gap. Athletic director Keith Hackett said he expects to make cuts to all 13 of the school’s sports teams in fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1. Hackett said nearly every possibility is under consideration. Layoffs and reduced services are likely, and the elimination of one or more sport, or even a showcase event like the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament, is a possibility.

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