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