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BREAKING: Boise State Athletics announces furloughs and compensation reductions

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Boise State University announced plans to furlough and reduce the compensation of the Athletic Department staff, according to an announcement made by the department on Sept. 16.  

Employees who make over $40,000 will be affected by the furloughs and compensation reductions.

On Wednesday, the university said the cuts would save the department about $1.8 million. 

Employees earning over $100,000 will have their salary reduced by 8% to 15%. Those who are furloughed will be laid off anywhere from four to 12 weeks. 

“As we’ve seen throughout the country, these are decisions that most, if not all athletic departments are facing as a result of this pandemic,” Director of Athletics Curt Apsey said in a statement. “Our staff is what makes Boise State so incredibly special and I feel for everyone who has to make these sacrifices. But in order to sustain a championship-caliber program going forward, these reductions are necessary.” 

Earlier this week, Boise State President Marlene Tromp sent out a letter announcing cost-saving measures and job cuts are in the plans. 

“Going forward, we will have some cuts in our workplace and operations, striving to mitigate the impact on our people as much as possible,” wrote Tromp in the letter sent to faculty and staff. “Some of these may happen with more immediacy, depending upon the considerations of each unit.” 

The Athletic Department anticipates losses running between $10 million to $15 million, without a football season at all this year losses likely will be between $25 million and $30 million, according to Tromp.

Tromp outlined the uncertainty that lies ahead and highlighted the costs brought on by COVID-19. She provided a list of factors affecting the university financially, those being enrollment, athletics, reduction in revenues, state budget cuts, COVID-related expenses and additional unexpected costs.

“We can’t predict if there will be additional expenses related to the pandemic or, specifically,  what challenges lie ahead,” Tromp wrote. “We are working diligently to anticipate a variety of possibilities and prepare for them, but so much remains unknown.”

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