Colorado is going to get about $21 million a year from the Pac-12’s new TV contracts, starting in two years. This represents 250 percent more than it made in the old Big 12 Conference
Women’s lacrosse has the inside edge when that happens. Colorado high schools are a hotbed for college women’s lacrosse programs. Eight girls are expected to get Division I scholarships this spring, and Colorado would be a logical eighth conference member in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The league includes the three current Pac-10 schools playing women’s lacrosse — Stanford, Oregon and California — plus Denver, which would provide a natural rivalry.
Before Colorado will consider adding a Women’s Lacrosse Program, they must:
- Pay $5.5 million left from an $8 million loan in 2006 which paid off former football coach Gary Barnett’s contract
- Pay Boise State for the hiring of football coach Dan Hawkins
- Pay the settled lawsuit from CU’s recruiting ordeal years ago
- CU owes the Big 12 a $6 million exit fee for leaving the conference to join the Pac-12
- Pay $9 million for 2011-12 scholarships that have risen 9 percent for in-state students and 4 to 5 percent for out-of-state students
- Pay for increased athletic team travel costs including fuel costs tha increased $250,000
- Pay for upgrades to Folsom Field’s Flatirons Club, the antiquated donor seating area below the press box
- Pay for infrastructure costs including Video boards, restrooms and concession stands
The Pac-12’s TV contracts don’t fund until the 2012-13 school year. Once Colorado becomes more financially solvent on a year- to-year basis, Bohn said adding a sport can be considered.