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BOSTON U. DROPS FOOTBALL AND INCREASES WOMEN'S BUDGET

          Boston Univ. will discontinue its men's football team
     after this season, according to Joe Burris of the BOSTON
     GLOBE.  The cancelling of football "is part of an athletic
     restructuring plan that includes building an athletic
     complex and boosting women's sports programs" at the school. 
     The plan calls for "increasing funding for women's sports by
     $500,000 annually and increasing scholarships for women" by
     23 by '98-99.  School officials said they can "no longer
     justify providing" $3M of its athletics budget to a sport
     that generates "sparse interest and brings in just $40,000
     annually in ticket sales and $50,000 in alumni and friends'
     contributions" (Joe Burris, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/26).

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