It's not a chapter 9 thing that is keeping baseball away, Pollard has said that many times. It's funding because it costs around $1.5 mil a year to have it for a sport that comes no where near bringing back that kind of revenue to fund itself. I think this topic has been beat to death, we need to have some huge success in other sports before baseball is brought back or someone willing to commit a huge chunk of money just for baseball.
I wonder where the $1.5 million figure comes from... When the eliminated baseball it was costing around $400k. The top programs in the country have budgets around 1.5 mill and they have to staff 8k+ stadiums. Title 9 is not an issue though, Iowa State will always have an advantage there being an Ag/Engineering school.
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The $1.5 mil figure came sometime last year when Pollard was on SoundOff and someone brought up the question about baseball. Pollard explained it was not a title 9 issue and that we just don't have the funds at the moment to bring back baseball with all the other things we are trying to do with football and basketball which bring in most of the revenue. I believe he said if there was enough private funding committed he'd definitely look at bringing it back sooner if the money was committed to it but right now we can't afford it under our current budget.
Again, this was several months ago that I heard this so don't hold me to the accuracy of it but I distinctly remember the $1.5 mil number he put out there.
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