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What’s next financially for UW Athletics after fall sports postponement?

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There are still many questions to be answered for the Badgers but one thing for certain is the UW Athletics Department is going to take a large financial hit after the postponement of the fall sports season by the Big Ten.

In a statement from Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, the athletics department could lose nearly $100 million. Alvarez said cuts and layoffs will continue to help combat the loss.

Alvarez made it clear on Tuesday that as of now he has no intentions of cutting any of the teams on campus.

"I will try to get through this without eliminating sports," said Alvarez. "I know there will be some schools that are going to have to. As of right now that hasn't been in our discussions."

Sports provide more of an impact than just a team for fans to cheer for at the university. Former UW Athletic Director Pat Richter has never seen anything like this postponement and pandemic before. He emphasizes how serious this situation is.

"You see how big it really is. You start talking about institutions losing $100 million and things like this in a year is something is very traumatic," said Richter.

There won't be any Badgers scoring touchdowns for the rest of this year. A sobering reality for Alvarez, who helped bring the program to the top.

"I feel just a hollow feeling. This has been very difficult for me and this will be the toughest fall that I've ever gone through," said Alvarez.

Fall sports athletes at UW are allowed to workout with coaches up to 20 hours per week according to Alvarez. The hope is to play fall sports in the spring of 2021.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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