Big Sky Makes Cuts

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Universities in the Big Sky Conference have voted to cancel the 2009 football Summer Kickoff in Park City, Utah
to save money.

The schools have also decided to play conference volleyball games on a Friday-Saturday schedule this fall, rather than the traditional Thursday-Saturday schedule, to save travel costs andincrease class time for student-athletes.

Commissioner Doug Fullerton says the league will vote on other cost-saving ideas during the league's spring meetings May 18-20 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fullerton says possible changes could include moving to a Friday-Saturday schedule for other conference sports, limiting travel parties, deciding whether to hold league championships in some sports, or to reduce the number of teams participating in league tournaments.

Fullerton says the cost savings have to be balanced against the effect of the change.