In a letter offered to the College of California Board of Regents forward of a closed-door session Thursday to debate UCLA‘s proposed transfer to the Huge Ten convention, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff detailed “vital considerations” he had with the transfer, together with its impact on student-athlete psychological well being, elevated journey and operational prices, and unfavorable impacts on each Cal’s income and the UC system’s local weather objectives.
Klivakoff’s letter was offered in response to a request from the regents for the convention’s perspective on UCLA’s transfer, in response to a supply.
“Regardless of all the reasons made after the actual fact, UCLA’s resolution to hitch the Huge Ten was clearly financially motivated after the UCLA athletic division managed to build up greater than $100 million in debt over the previous three fiscal years,” Kliavkoff wrote.
He stated the elevated income UCLA will obtain could be utterly offset by greater prices coming from added journey, the necessity for aggressive salaries inside the Huge Ten and sport assure bills.
“UCLA at the moment spends roughly $8.1 million per 12 months on journey for its groups to compete within the Pac-12 convention,” Kliavkoff stated. “UCLA will incur a 100% enhance in its crew journey prices if it flies industrial within the Huge Ten ($8.1 million enhance per 12 months), a 160% enhance if it charters half the time ($13.1 million per 12 months), and a 290% enhance if it charters each flight ($23 million enhance per 12 months).”
Kliavkoff didn’t cite how these figures had been calculated or point out if there was real perception that UCLA would take into account constitution journey for groups apart from soccer and basketball.
In line with a supply conversant in UCLA’s inside estimates, the varsity is working with the expectation that it’s going to spend about $6-10 million extra per 12 months on journey within the Huge Ten vs. the Pac-12.
Shifting to the Huge Ten, Kliavkoff speculated, would additionally result in UCLA spending extra on salaries to fall according to convention norms. He estimated UCLA would want to extend its athletic division salaries by about $15 million for the college to achieve the typical within the Huge Ten.
“Any monetary beneficial properties UCLA will obtain by becoming a member of the Huge Ten will find yourself going to airline and constitution corporations, directors and coaches’ salaries, and different recipients reasonably than offering any extra sources for student-athletes,” Kliavkoff stated.
A spokesperson for UCLA declined remark.
UC President Michael V. Drake, who was beforehand the president at Ohio State, stated in an interview with the New York Times, “No selections. I believe everyone is amassing data. It is an evolving scenario.”
Past the monetary influence for UCLA, which is broadly understood to be the driving consider its deliberate transfer, Kliavkoff stated it’s going to additionally damage Cal, which can be a part of the UC system. With media rights negotiations ongoing, Kliavkoff stated it was tough to reveal the precise influence with out revealing confidential data however confirmed the Pac-12 is soliciting bids with and with out UCLA within the fold.
Past the monetary element of the added journey, Kliavkoff stated “revealed media analysis by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, research carried out by the NCAA, and discussions with our personal student-athlete leaders” present the transfer can have a unfavorable influence on student-athletes’ psychological well being and take away from their tutorial pursuits. He added that it could even be a burden for household and alumni to face cross-country journeys to see UCLA’s groups play.
Lastly, Kliavkoff stated added journey runs opposite to the UC system’s local weather objectives and works towards UCLA’s dedication to “local weather neutrality” by 2025.