Berkeley Baseball Out -- Rugby/Lacrosse/Gymnastics Saved - NBC Bay Area

Berkeley Baseball Out -- Rugby/Lacrosse/Gymnastics Saved



    Some sports were saved, but not baseball and that hurts. (Published Friday, Feb. 11, 2011)

    Fans of women’s lacrosse, women’s gymnastics and rugby will be happy with news out of Berkeley Friday.

    UC Berkeleyannounced that it will preserve the three sports after initially saying they would be cut to help save the university money.

    Last September, UC Berkeley said it planned to cut women’s and men’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse and baseball and reassign its famed rugby team.

    But Friday the school said that new philanthropic commitments will fund the teams and cover their expenses.

    The university conducted a review of each sports philanthropic commitments to see if any could be saved while meeting the school's goal to cap the annual allocations for athletics at no more than $5 million a year by 2014.

    The school determined it was unable to save sports such as baseball and men's gymnastics. The other sports were able to attract donors or assure the school that it would pay for its own costs.