Would small liberal arts D3 colleges have sports if the market didn't force them to? It costs them money, it goes against the grain of what they are about academically, and many NARP students resent seeing athletes get preferred admissions.
If they had a chance to flip the question to "Should we add sports next year?", as they do now, would they? Could this be the beginning of the end of D3 sports?
NYTimes had an article about this just a few days ago:
It seems to go against the cutthroat recruit-and-play ethos that we all espouse on here. My older son played club ultimate frisbee at college. Now, those guys are athletes, they run for 4 straight hours a day during tournaments. Took fall and spring trips, got to beat Arizona State (how many baseball sons have done that?!), trained all year. He managed their money for one year, learned a lot about budgets, planning, etc. Their main problem was getting field access, as the varsity teams had priority.