Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dickie Talks Budget Cuts

Bill Hunt catches up with Athletic Director Kevin Dickie in today's Daily Gleaner.  The message seems pretty clear - the budget cuts at UNB will have little impact on Varsity Reds Athletics. UNB has an operating budget of over $165 million, and the Athletics operating budget is about a quarter of a percent of that.

5 comments:

Don Caldwell said...

In reading the newspaper piece by Mr. Hunt, I'm not really sure what Mr. Dickie means when he talks of community initiatives on the part of the school. I know they have the Read with the Reds and stuff like that, but they don't sponsor any charities or anything of the sort. It seems all their promotions are geared to raising money, not giving it away. So how do they save money that way? I know UNB likes to comes across as a great supporter of community events, but they're in it to raise their own profile, not that there is nothing wrong with that. But you have to call it what you will.

Bill Hunt said...

I took it to mean the donations they make in the form of hockey school memberships and sports camps to things like the annual Fredericton Sports Investments auction; season passes for school draws, that sort of thing.
I know they do a lot of that. It will now take a different form.

Don't forget hoops said...

Times are tough enough and then to have your budget slashed. I hope that doesn't impact too much on sports such as basketball. I'm a huge basketball fan and it's getting frustating watching UNB struggle as much as they have in recent years. I've been reading where the women's team has added players for next year, but haven't seem much about the men's team. I know Coach Baker has a young group that probably will get better (I hope so) but will his recruiting budget be cut? I read the first post here and wonder what cuts can be made along the community lines. Giving away tickets and memberships to hockey schools isn't the same as putting money into a project. It's not money spent, it's potential money coming in that has been given away. I really don't see where those kinds of promotions would really make a difference if cut back. Let's hope the teams can find a way to keep up.

Anonymous said...

with that budget, you could easily have a womens hock.....wait, what?

Anonymous said...

Women's hockey was a joke and painful to watch. Anyone who thinks differently should have gone and watched because they had 10 fans a game. Case closed.