Report: NCAA furloughing entire Indianapolis-based staff
Just like college athletic departments across the country, the NCAA is taking a significant financial hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Associated Press is reporting that the association will have to take some big measures in an attempt to offset those losses.
According to Ralph Russo of the AP, the NCAA will be furloughing its entire Indianapolis-based staff for three to eight weeks in an effort to save money. The staff includes approximately 600 employees. The furloughs will not affect senior executives within the organization, per the AP.
Furloughs will begin Sept. 21 and will run through the end of January 2021. All employees will be required to take a three-week furlough, while others may be asked to take eight weeks. How long individuals are furloughed will depend on job position and “seasonal timing of their duties.”
College athletic departments across the country have been forced to make similar announcements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Iowa recently announced that it will be cutting four varsity sports, while Nebraska released a statement saying that 51 employees will be on furlough through the end of the year.
Michigan’s athletic department announced the elimination on 21 positions earlier this week.