The University of Maryland is officially discontinuing seven non-revenue sports, according to the Washington Post. The list of programs being cut includes men's tennis, water polo, acrobatics and tumbling and swimming and diving. Only men's outdoor track and field was saved, for now, because of outside fundraising.
Maryland officialy discontinues seven sports; men's outdoor track/field is saved, for now, through fundraising.— Post Sports (@PostSports) July 2, 2012
A new television deal between the ACC and ESPN brought some hopes for those sports, but the contract gives the school only a gradual increase in revenue. The first year of the deal contains just a $1 million increase.
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson warned supporters in early June of the looming cuts. The Save Our Sports campaign had a deadline of June 30 to raise enough money to keep the non-revenue sports active at the varsity level.
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