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It is the goal of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.

  • March 14, 2017 - Knight Commission to Meet on May 1 at National Press Club

    Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202.744.9273

    Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Panelists will include Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod, East Carolina Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery, and other university leaders and experts. (See the complete agenda below.)

    What: The Knight Commission, which promotes reforms to emphasize the educational mission of college athletics, will hear from conference commissioners, athletics directors and others about the future of college football with a focus on finances and player benefits and protections in college football; and about efforts to increase diversity in college sports leadership.

    When: Monday, May 1, 8:45 a.m. –12:15 p.m. EDT. Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with panelists and Knight Commission leadership. Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will hold a press conference at 12:30 EDT.

    Where: Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045. Media workroom will be available from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Murrow Room.

    Attend: Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, click here. Any additional questions, please email Chelsea Spring at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Online: Follow @KnightAthletics for the latest developments from this meeting. Photographs and highlights from the meeting will be posted on http://www.knightcommission.org/ following the event.

    Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Holeman Lounge)

    8:45 – 10:30 a.m. The Future of College Football: A Focus on Finances and Player Benefits and Protections

    • Bob Bowlsby, commissioner, Big 12 Conference; chair, NCAA Football Oversight Committee
    • Judy MacLeod, commissioner, Conference USA
    • Terry Mohajir, athletics director, Arkansas State University
    • Patty Viverito, commissioner, Missouri Valley Football Conference; senior associate commissioner, Missouri Valley Conference
    • Don Yee, partner, Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC

    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break

    10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Assessing Leadership Diversity in College Sports with a Focus on Football

    • Vicky Chun, athletics director, Colgate University; president, Women Leaders in College Sports; member, NCAA Football Oversight Committee
    • Bernard Franklin, executive vice president, NCAA
    • Richard Lapchick, director, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
    • Scottie Montgomery, head football coach, East Carolina University
    • Stan Wilcox, athletics director, Florida State University

    12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Press Conference, Murrow Room

    • Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will take questions from the media

    About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
    The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 in response to highly visible scandals in college sports. The Commission’s goal is to promote a reform agenda that emphasizes the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate more than 50 percent of their players in order to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions to provide greater financial transparency on athletics spending.

    About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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  • While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

    At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

    While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

    CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

     


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  • The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

    CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW OF DIVISION I FINANCES

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE




    The graphs below illustrate "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." at Division I public institutions based on data reported by those public institutions to the NCAA.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The graphs below illustrate "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." at Division I private institutions based on data reported by those private institutions to the NCAA.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

     


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics Mark May 1 on your calendar for our @PressClubDC meeting - @Conference_USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod among our college football panelists
    KnightAthletics RT @RichExner: We're looking at cost of Ohio college sports. Knight Commission @KnightAthletics does much more on this nationally. https://…
    KnightAthletics .@Big12Conference commissioner @BobBowlsby talks about future of college football at our May 1 meeting @PressClubDC https://t.co/3i9A87buGP

  • Updated Financial Resources - October 24, 2016

    LINK HERE 

    October 27, 2016 - Knight Commission applauds new NCAA Policy to Reward Schools for Meeting Academic Expectations

    The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics applauded the NCAA today for passing a groundbreaking new policy that will, for the first time, financially reward colleges and universities that meet academic expectations for sports teams and athletes.

    The policy approved Thursday is consistent with one the Knight Commission made 15 years ago in its report, A Call to Action: Reconnecting College Sports and Higher Education. The Commission has persistently promoted this change ever since, including at its fall meeting at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.

    Brit Kirwan, the Commission chairman, who is retiring at the end of the year, has been in leadership positions with the group for most of those 15 years.

    “It’s especially gratifying, in my final months on the Commission, to see the NCAA take this game-changing step to place a higher value on education in college athletics,” Kirwan said. “It is critical to align the incentives in college sports with educational values.”

    Arne Duncan, incoming co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “More must be done to protect the integrity of college sports and to strike a better balance between athletics and education. This change does just that by financially rewarding academic and not just athletic results on the field or court.”

    Carol Cartwright, incoming co-chair and president emeritus of Kent State University said, “In 2001, the Knight Commission’s concept to reward academic outcomes through the NCAA revenue distribution plan was dismissed by many as idealistic, but today’s action shows that it was a roadmap. We commend the leadership of Christine Copper and Philip DiStefano who co-chaired the NCAA working group that developed the proposal adopted today.”

    The new policy goes into effect in 2019-20. Under the NCAA's current revenue distribution formula, nearly 40 percent of the annual $550 million payout for March Madness is awarded based on the success of men’s basketball teams in the tournament. But under the new policy, more than $10 million and eventually more than $100 million of the media revenues from the March Madness tournament will be awarded to conferences to distribute to member schools, based on how their athletic teams meet academic-based criteria.

    The Commission also urged leaders of the College Football Playoff (CFP) to adopt the same NCAA academic-based criteria for a portion of the annual CFP distributions.

    About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
    The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions, creating greater financial transparency on athletics spending.

    About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics Mark May 1 on your calendar for our @PressClubDC meeting - @Conference_USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod among our college football panelists
    KnightAthletics RT @RichExner: We're looking at cost of Ohio college sports. Knight Commission @KnightAthletics does much more on this nationally. https://…
    KnightAthletics .@Big12Conference commissioner @BobBowlsby talks about future of college football at our May 1 meeting @PressClubDC https://t.co/3i9A87buGP

May 1 Meeting

March 14, 2017 - Knight Commission to Meet on May 1 at National Press Club

Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202.744.9273

Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Panelists will include Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod, East Carolina Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery, and other university leaders and experts. (See the complete agenda below.)

What: The Knight Commission, which promotes reforms to emphasize the educational mission of college athletics, will hear from conference commissioners, athletics directors and others about the future of college football with a focus on finances and player benefits and protections in college football; and about efforts to increase diversity in college sports leadership.

When: Monday, May 1, 8:45 a.m. –12:15 p.m. EDT. Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with panelists and Knight Commission leadership. Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will hold a press conference at 12:30 EDT.

Where: Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045. Media workroom will be available from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Murrow Room.

Attend: Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, click here. Any additional questions, please email Chelsea Spring at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Online: Follow @KnightAthletics for the latest developments from this meeting. Photographs and highlights from the meeting will be posted on http://www.knightcommission.org/ following the event.

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Holeman Lounge)

8:45 – 10:30 a.m. The Future of College Football: A Focus on Finances and Player Benefits and Protections

  • Bob Bowlsby, commissioner, Big 12 Conference; chair, NCAA Football Oversight Committee
  • Judy MacLeod, commissioner, Conference USA
  • Terry Mohajir, athletics director, Arkansas State University
  • Patty Viverito, commissioner, Missouri Valley Football Conference; senior associate commissioner, Missouri Valley Conference
  • Don Yee, partner, Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Assessing Leadership Diversity in College Sports with a Focus on Football

  • Vicky Chun, athletics director, Colgate University; president, Women Leaders in College Sports; member, NCAA Football Oversight Committee
  • Bernard Franklin, executive vice president, NCAA
  • Richard Lapchick, director, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
  • Scottie Montgomery, head football coach, East Carolina University
  • Stan Wilcox, athletics director, Florida State University

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Press Conference, Murrow Room

  • Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will take questions from the media

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 in response to highly visible scandals in college sports. The Commission’s goal is to promote a reform agenda that emphasizes the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate more than 50 percent of their players in order to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions to provide greater financial transparency on athletics spending.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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Impact

While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

 


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Mark May 1 on your calendar for our @PressClubDC meeting - @Conference_USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod among our college football panelists
KnightAthletics RT @RichExner: We're looking at cost of Ohio college sports. Knight Commission @KnightAthletics does much more on this nationally. https://…
KnightAthletics .@Big12Conference commissioner @BobBowlsby talks about future of college football at our May 1 meeting @PressClubDC https://t.co/3i9A87buGP

Spending Database

The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW OF DIVISION I FINANCES

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE




The graphs below illustrate "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." at Division I public institutions based on data reported by those public institutions to the NCAA.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The graphs below illustrate "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." at Division I private institutions based on data reported by those private institutions to the NCAA.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

 


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Mark May 1 on your calendar for our @PressClubDC meeting - @Conference_USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod among our college football panelists
KnightAthletics RT @RichExner: We're looking at cost of Ohio college sports. Knight Commission @KnightAthletics does much more on this nationally. https://…
KnightAthletics .@Big12Conference commissioner @BobBowlsby talks about future of college football at our May 1 meeting @PressClubDC https://t.co/3i9A87buGP

Current Initiatives

Updated Financial Resources - October 24, 2016

LINK HERE 

October 27, 2016 - Knight Commission applauds new NCAA Policy to Reward Schools for Meeting Academic Expectations

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics applauded the NCAA today for passing a groundbreaking new policy that will, for the first time, financially reward colleges and universities that meet academic expectations for sports teams and athletes.

The policy approved Thursday is consistent with one the Knight Commission made 15 years ago in its report, A Call to Action: Reconnecting College Sports and Higher Education. The Commission has persistently promoted this change ever since, including at its fall meeting at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.

Brit Kirwan, the Commission chairman, who is retiring at the end of the year, has been in leadership positions with the group for most of those 15 years.

“It’s especially gratifying, in my final months on the Commission, to see the NCAA take this game-changing step to place a higher value on education in college athletics,” Kirwan said. “It is critical to align the incentives in college sports with educational values.”

Arne Duncan, incoming co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “More must be done to protect the integrity of college sports and to strike a better balance between athletics and education. This change does just that by financially rewarding academic and not just athletic results on the field or court.”

Carol Cartwright, incoming co-chair and president emeritus of Kent State University said, “In 2001, the Knight Commission’s concept to reward academic outcomes through the NCAA revenue distribution plan was dismissed by many as idealistic, but today’s action shows that it was a roadmap. We commend the leadership of Christine Copper and Philip DiStefano who co-chaired the NCAA working group that developed the proposal adopted today.”

The new policy goes into effect in 2019-20. Under the NCAA's current revenue distribution formula, nearly 40 percent of the annual $550 million payout for March Madness is awarded based on the success of men’s basketball teams in the tournament. But under the new policy, more than $10 million and eventually more than $100 million of the media revenues from the March Madness tournament will be awarded to conferences to distribute to member schools, based on how their athletic teams meet academic-based criteria.

The Commission also urged leaders of the College Football Playoff (CFP) to adopt the same NCAA academic-based criteria for a portion of the annual CFP distributions.

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions, creating greater financial transparency on athletics spending.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Mark May 1 on your calendar for our @PressClubDC meeting - @Conference_USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod among our college football panelists
KnightAthletics RT @RichExner: We're looking at cost of Ohio college sports. Knight Commission @KnightAthletics does much more on this nationally. https://…
KnightAthletics .@Big12Conference commissioner @BobBowlsby talks about future of college football at our May 1 meeting @PressClubDC https://t.co/3i9A87buGP