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From The Mercury News:

The UCLA basketball team traveled to Oregon two weeks ago, only to have its date with the Ducks called off because of COVID-19 issues with the officials.

At that point, athletic director Martin Jarmond did something unusual:

He asked the conference to reimburse the Bruins for their travel expenses.

Makes sense, right? The conference is in charge of the officiating program and has established the testing plan for each crew.

The postponement had zero to do with the Bruins or Ducks.

The Pac-12 doesn’t have a policy when it comes to the conference office picking up the tab for a game not played — until this fall, games were never not played.

But in football and now basketball, we have seen cancellations at the last minute, we’ve seen road games added to schedules, and we’ve seen teams uprooted for weeks at a time.

The Hotline doesn’t know exactly how much UCLA spent for its flight, lodging, food and transportation, but a typical basketball trip likely would be in the $75,000 to $100,000 range.

The Pac-12 should make this happen, not only for the Bruins but for all the teams in all sports that spend money on travel, only to have the game postponed or canceled.

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If the Pac-12 does not have a back-up plan in place for officials who test positive, then yes--teams should be reimbursed.  The problem is--the money comes from the rest of us!

A management problem with the Pac-12 and Pac-12 Officials...now aren't they two-peas-in-a-pod!

Mr. FishDuck

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