UBC might be First Canadian NCAA Member

October 6, 2006

According to a Canadian University Press article on Wednesday, UBC is awaiting a reply from the NCAA “that could rock the Canadian sports world to its core, and eventually establish Vancouver as a mecca of university athletics in Canada.” The university is “cautiously optimistic” about this first step in the process. The NCAA, the college sports giant, includes more than 1,000 US schools and generated over $520 million US in last year’s season. If UBC becomes an NCAA member, it will be better able to attract top student athletes. It would need to make arrangements for local facilities, and would likely need to double its current athletic budget of about $11 million. UBC athletics has apparently already held “cursory discussions” with Canadian cable sports networks. (Detailed article at http://www.excal.on.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2081&Itemid=2 )