Arizona eliminates 21 jobs in cost-cutting move
In a cost-cutting move amid the pandemic-induced revenue losses, the University of Arizona’s athletic department announced Monday that it eliminated 21 full-time jobs.
Combined with previously enacted furloughs and other measures, the school said it has saved $3.6 million for the current fiscal year, according to KVOA.com.
“Today marks a difficult day of very tough decisions for our athletics department,” athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “I have a great sense of empathy and compassion for the members of our Wildcat Family who are impacted by these decisions.
“These challenging economic times have affected all of us. We’ve spent months exhaustively looking at all of our financial models and forecasts. We waited until all the information was available to make informed financial decisions about our economic stability this year and in the future.”
In April, the school instituted furloughs and pay cuts to some 15,000 employees. Those furloughs were to extend into August 2021 initially but now would end in January and February.
The cuts announced Monday are combined with the elimination of 15 unfilled positions that were frozen earlier in the pandemic.
With the Pac-12’s decision to reverse course in September and add a seven-game football season, Arizona could reclaim some $20 million in media rights, according to Tucson.com. Heeke said in August that not having a football season would mean $65 million in lost revenue.
–Field Level Media