LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming athletics will be feeling the pinch from budget cuts hitting the university.

Athletic director Tom Burman says athletics is expecting a reduction of about $1.2 million in the upcoming two-year budget period.

Burman says all Wyoming sports will be affected and that the department's priority will be preserving funds for areas that directly affect athletes.

He says areas such as marketing, media relations, video production, social media and academic support are facing cuts.

Just as the academics side of the university has had to decide which departments are less essential, Burman anticipates that athletics will have to defend each of its 17 programs. A university must offer 16 sports to carry a Division I designation.