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Updated on Friday, September 26

#19846

OMG: I truly hope there is no UW Football team next year. Perhaps UW can be a leader for change in athletics. Stop supporting money sucking programs that bring no value to your school. Spend the money saved on enhancing athletic facilities to promote wellness and that reach a larger student base.

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  1. Amen. I don't want a single cent of my money funding shit like football. Not when there are so few squat racks and shitty lab equipment and god knows what else.

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    1. Agreed with your point, but money saved in athletics can't be used to improve lab equipment. One gets paid for by tuition, the other gets paid for by your student services fee - the University can't legally use those funds for purposes other than what was originally intended.

      I'm just being pedantic though.

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    2. 1a is correct, although if the burden of athletics was reduced by cancelling some teams, I'm sure a redistribution of tuition and services fees would be appropriate. But a valid point; football is not technically sucking our classrooms dry.

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    3. Our tuition fees are literally the highest they are legally allowed to be for each program.

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  2. This makes sense to me. The university should channel the money from the student services/athletics fees into updating existing athletic equipment, facilities, and supplies that everyone uses.

    I'm fine with a nominal amount being spent to sustain the *existence* of organized team athletics, but if they really want to fund themselves, they should be able to fundraise/sell tickets to games, and recover costs that way.

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  3. We all know nerds can't play football

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  4. UBC doesn't have a football team. They do just fine.

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    1. You mean the Thunderbirds?

      Why are stupid people allowed to post on here?

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  5. Cancel the team and put that $400,000 towards a new gym. Goddamn the CIF is packed 24/7

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  6. I'm not saying the team itself shouldn't exist, just that students' non-refundable mandatory fees shouldn't be going towards paying for it - or any other varsity team.

    If the team is good, and athletics advertises well, then they should be able to sustain themselves through a combination of membership fees for players, and tickets sales at games. Maybe fundraising too.

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    1. The university could save even more by getting rid of Velocity and the start-up incubator. Why should a university be involved with start-ups in the first place?

      Or the university could cut their advertising budget. If the university is that reputable then word of mouth should be sufficient.

      Maybe charging for study space, a fee per hour? Or put up toll booths for crossing on one side of the campus to the other? An extra tax on all junk food sold on campus to save on health costs? A fee to use the washrooms?

      All stupid ideas by people who think they're smarter than the next person.

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    2. 6a I was going to chew you out for your first suggestion there, and then I realized you were being sarcastic.

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    3. 6a, how about a more reasonable proposal? The priority for UW Athletics funding should be up-to-date, modern facilities and equipment. This is something that will benefit everyone - including varsity teams.
      There's a balance to these things; the current setup isn't striking that balance.

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  7. http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2778

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  8. As an athlete, I think some people here are underestimating the role that sport has in people's life.
    A huge benefit of varsity programs is that those athletes often become mentors and coaches in their communties (while a varsity athlete or later on in life).
    Sports can have a hugely positive impact in society and without support from institutions like universities many athlete could not afford to participate.

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    1. Bullshit. Nobody wants a former UW football player coaching their kids. What are they gonna teach them? How to get sacked 10 times a game? How to give up 50 unanswered points per game? How to use illegal substances to gain an unfair advantage and still have a shit team? I guess they could teach them the art of dealing with consistent failure and disappointment.

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    2. No one cares about you, you stupid meathead.

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  9. Why is our football team so expensive?

    This is a serious question - I see the figure 400,000 thrown around and outside of coaches and transportation.. I'm not sure what it goes towards

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    1. I'd like to see proof that it's actually $400000. Someone should have a link to that; as far as I know it's just hearsay.

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