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Commentary: You can’t write sad, sad stories about women’s hockey at UND without talking about the money

UND's Lexie Shaw prepares for a goal attempt by Bemidji State University at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Photo by Nick Nelson for the Grand Forks Herald.

The New York Times recently published a story about the end of the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota. It was published in the Times on the 10th, and has been republished here in North Dakota by my employers at Forum Communications today.

The story aims to evoke sympathy over the demise of the program, which is understandable because a lot of people are very passionate about girls and women playing hockey. But there’s a big problem with the story in that it doesn’t provide readers with any details information about the financial realities of women’s hockey at UND.

The article mentions that the program was cut as a part of the measures implemented by university administrators to address budget shortfalls, but it doesn’t detail the fact that women’s hockey was losing UND millions of dollars.

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