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NCAA Looking Into Scholarship Reductions in Several Sports

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Men's football and basketball could be looking at scholarship reductions if the NCAA follows through on recommendations from a September meeting, CBS Sports learned today. Here are the specifics on sports we talk about here at BECB:

  • Reduce FBS scholarships from 85 to 80
  • Reduce FCS scholarships from 63 to 60
  • Reduce men's basketball scholarships from 13 to 12

These potential reductions are being discussed at a time whenever TV revenues have never been higher. Such reductions could pave the way for the so-called full cost-of-attendance scholarships which might happen as early as 2012.

And one other thing:

According to a summary of the group's update, obtained by CBSSports.com, it was agreed upon to recommend eliminating all foreign travel, reduce mandatory out-of-season practice time and explore a reduction in competition (i.e. cutting the number of games for several sports).

Reducing games? Would you agree to pass that? Thinking about the TV contracts, if there would be less games to televise wouldn't the contracts not be as fat (while at the same time cost-of-attendance scholarships would be in place)?