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Revisiting Why College Tennis Programs Are Being Eliminated

Why do tennis programs continue to be cut the most?

Tim Russell ITA podcast

Last Updated on January 25, 2021

It’s been seven months since Tim Russell, CEO of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, joined the podcast to talk about why college tennis was being cut more than any other sport during the pandemic. It was my most-listened to episode of 2020, so I asked Tim if we could revisit the subject now that we’ve seen several more tennis programs eliminated.

The ITA is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men’s and women’s varsity tennis at all levels — NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. In addition to providing resources to its members to help support programs, the ITA also put together opportunities while competition was halted in collegiate tennis.

Listen in to hear more about why tennis may be taking the brunt of the cuts, Tim’s opposing argument and also great advice for coaches in any sport to be more proactive in demonstrating value to their administrations.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Health Index (a useful tool for coaches in any sport)
  • Tim’s response to AthleticDirectorU the role of Olympic sports on college campuses

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  • Kristi Dosh

    Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more

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