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President Kustra talks about adding Baseball

Posted at 9:27 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 23:27:01-05

I had the chance to sit down with the President of Boise State, Bob Kustra and get his thoughts as to when we when we will be seeing the Broncos out on the Diamond.

Boise State is confident that they will bring baseball back. It was disbanded in 1980. There are roughly 300 Universities that play baseball and seven of them are in the Mountain West.

The cost for a school to have a baseball program is around 1.2 to 1.5 million dollars and right now Boise State can not afford it.

“When you add up the coaches salary, the scholarships, and everything that goes along with it it's a heavy duty commitment.” said Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra.

With that said President Kustra isn't giving up hope.

"So what we are going to do is embark on a five year plan where we sit down with people here in the valley who have a knowledge and understanding of baseball in this region and how we might go about that and what kind of support we might get to see if we can get some help on how to make this happen.” said, Kustra.

President Kustra is also not ruling out the school school joining a bigger conference. If that happens we could see the Broncos under the lights sooner.

“If by some chance one of those larger conferences like the PAC 12 invited us in i could tell you that we would have baseball overnight given that fact that we would be sharing a much larger TV revenue package than we are in the Mountain West.” said, Kustra.

All in all it might take around five years but fans of the game should get the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite past time in the near future.

“I’m confident that Boise State University should and will have a division 1 baseball  program here. We have strong high school programs here and we need to let these kids move up to the next level when they finish.” said, Kustra.

President Kustra added that as far as a stadium is concerned they could have their own on campus or even share with the Boise Hawks and that nothing is set in stone.