University Of Iowa Cancels Four Sports Amid Massive Lost Revenue Projection

The University of Iowa is getting rid of four sports in light of lost revenue that could reach nine figures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced Friday that it will discontinue men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The sports will be played this season if Iowa deems it safe.

“We carefully and thoroughly reviewed all financial options and each of our programs individually,” Iowa said in a statement. “We considered, in part, sponsorship at the NCAA Division I level, impact on gender equity and Title IX compliance, expense savings, history of the sport at Iowa, engagement level, and other factors. With the recent postponement of fall sports and immediate financial impact due to this decision, we believe this path is necessary to strengthen athletics and position our programs for future success with the resources we

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Mid-American Conference cancels fall football due to virus

The Mid-American Conference on Saturday became the first league at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of the pandemic.

”I’m heartbroken we are in this place,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said.

With the MAC’s 12 schools facing a significant financial burden by trying to maintain costly coronavirus protocols, and the uncertainty that campuses can be opened safely, the conference’s university presidents made the decision to cancel all fall sports – including soccer and volleyball – and explore making them up in the spring season.

Though postponing could also prove costly without revenue generated by football media rights deals and ticket sales.

”It would be naive to say that you don’t give thought and consideration to what the financial ramifications or any decision are, but this was a health and well-being decision first and foremost,” Steinbrecher said. ”As we sit here today we don’t know what this

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Trump Cancels Republican National Convention in Jacksonville Citing Coronavirus Concerns

The Republican National Convention will no longer hold events in Jacksonville, Fla., President Trump said Thursday, citing a coronavirus “flare-up” in the city.

“I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right,” he said Thursday during a White House coronavirus briefing. “With what’s happened recently, the flare-up in Florida, to have a big convention, it’s not the right time.”

Delegates will still meet in Charlotte, North Carolina as planned, Trump said, but events in Jacksonville, including his nomination acceptance speech, will no longer be held in-person.

The convention had initially been scheduled to take place in its entirety in Charlotte, until the decision was made to split the convention between the two cities — a move prompted by North Carolina officials’ reluctance to ensure that President Trump would be able to accept his nomination in a packed arena.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna

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Trump cancels in-person Republican convention in Jacksonville, Florida

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will no longer hold a large, in-person Republican convention in Jacksonville, Florida, because of the coronavirus but that he will hold virtual events and still give an acceptance speech.

“I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention. We will be starting in North Carolina for the Monday, as has always been planned. We were never taking that off,” Trump said at a news conference at the White House.

Trump said it was “not the right time” for a big convention, adding that he had “to protect the American people.”

“People making travel arrangements all the over the country, they wanted to be there,” Trump said, adding: “I just felt it was wrong to have people going to what turned out to be a hot spot.”

Trump’s plans for Jacksonville appeared to be in

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