Read the Pac-12 letter to the regents of the University of California

Read the Pac-12 letter to the regents of the University of California

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We know from medical research published by the National Institutes of Health, studies conducted by the NCAA, and conversations with our own student-athlete leaders that significant additional travel, including repetitive travel across 3 time zones, affects the physical and mental well-being of students athletes. -being and their academic activities. These increased travel demands require student-athletes to travel across multiple time zones on a regular basis, which disrupts sleep, mood, and physical and cognitive function for days after travel and has cascading personal effects. In fact, a common medical guideline is that a body requires one day to adjust for each time zone it crosses. From our calculations based on nine of UCLA’s teams with regular-season conference travel schedules (football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, and softball), the UCLA student-athletes competing in the Big Ten will fly 159% more air miles and drive 44% more rush bus miles than they currently do in the Pac-12. Longer flight and bus times add up over the season and will result in fewer days on campus with your education-focused fellow students. Even if UCLA athletics decides to charter more flights, UCLA student-athletes will face, on average, twice as many days missed on campus. 2. Significant hardships for families of UCLA student-athletes and alumni Beyond the travel hardships for student-athletes, we are also concerned about the significant additional burden that UCLA’s decision places on families of students- loyal and involved athletes and alumni. With nearly all conference games taking place at least 2,000 miles from campus, families of UCLA student-athletes will face longer and more expensive trips to watch their children compete. 70 percent of UCLA alumni live on the West Coast and will face similar travel and expenses to watch the Bruins play away from home. 3. Significant Negative Impact on UCLA Spending Despite all the after-the-fact explanations, UCLA’s decision to join the Big Ten was clearly financially motivated after the UCLA athletic department managed to amass more than $100 million in debt during the last three fiscal years. UCLA’s financial improvement as the impetus for his decision has been widely touted in the media and in public discourse. While it is true that the Big Ten Conference has recently announced a large media rights deal and Big Ten distributions to its member schools will be larger than distributions available to Pac-12 Conference Pac-12 schools in the future Nearby, UCLA membership in the Big Ten will also require significant additional spending in the athletic department. By our estimates, UCLA’s additional travel costs, competitive salaries, and game guarantee expenses will more than offset ALL of the additional revenue UCLA will generate from the Big Ten media rights deal. UCLA currently spends approximately $8.1M per year on travel for its teams to compete in the Pac-12 Conference. UCLA will incur a 100% increase in its team travel costs if it flies commercial in the Big Ten ($8.1 million increase per year), a 160% increase if it charters half the time ($13 million increase .1 million per year) and a 290% increase would increase if you charter all flights ($23.7 million per year increase). Beyond travel, we also expect UCLA to increase spending to compete with the average Big Ten athletic department. Based on UCLA’s latest spending, normalized to the budget and average size of Big Ten athletic departments, UCLA will have to increase its head coaches’ salaries and bonuses by 19%, assistant coaches’ salaries by 13% , your expenses guaranteed by 122%, and your manager’s salaries by 27%. This represents roughly $15 million in additional annual spending just to compete with an “average” Big Ten budget. Finally, UCLA is likely to face other major annual expenses to compete as a member of the Big Ten in marketing, fundraising, recruiting and gaming operations. Any financial gains UCLA makes from joining the Big Ten will end up going to airlines and charter companies, administrators’ and coaches’ salaries, and other beneficiaries, rather than providing additional resources for student-athletes. 360 3rd Street, 3rd Floor 11 San Francisco, California 415.580.4200 Pac-12.com

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