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Iowa athletic department cutting four sports amid COVID-19 financial crush

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and from the fallout of no fall football revenue is beginning to hit the Big Ten.

Iowa announced Friday it is cutting men's gymnastics, women's and men's swimming and men's tennis after the 2020-21 athletic year.

In a letter, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said the Iowa athletic department is on track to lose $100 million in revenue while facing a overall deficit of $60-75 million this fiscal year.

"A loss of this magnitude will take years to overcome," the AD wrote. "We have a plan to recover, but the journey will be challenging.

"We are heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and staff.  We also understand how disappointing this is for our letterwinners, alumni, donors and community members who have helped build these programs."

Iowa now has 20 varsity sports.

The school's announcement comes one day after Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos told the Journal Star that the Nebraska athletic department will not be cutting any sports this fiscal year, dipping into the reserve fund.

After 2020-21, the Big Ten will have six men's gymnastics program — Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Illinois.

There have been 76 Division I college programs cut this year, the most since 1997. Tennis has taken the biggest hit, losing a combined 16 men's and women's teams.

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