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Knight Commission Releases Video and Principles on New Name, Image and Likeness Rules for College Athletes

Watch our new four-minute educational video and view our new set of principles to guide the development of new policies allowing college athletes to earn compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).

NCAA DI College Sports Finances and College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database

Financial database on academic and athletics spending trends and figures for “Where the Money Comes From” and “Where the Money Goes” in college sports.

Our Impact

The Knight Commission has a legacy of leading reforms that strengthen the educational mission of college sports.

Improved graduation success of student-athletes


More than 88% of college athletes receive degrees.

Championships eligibility tied to academic standards


At least 50% of a team’s players must be on track to graduate in order for the team to be eligible for postseason championships.

Financial incentives tied to academic success

$1.1 BN

Between 2019 and 2032, more than $1.1 billion will be rewarded to institutions for the academic and graduation success of their teams.

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In a recent @wsj article, Knight Commission member @kspencer24 argues against abolishing the @NCAA, writing, “Reforming the NCAA is a far more sensible way to address pervasive problems in college sports.” #collegesports #highered…

CEO Amy Perko discussed our recent D-I leadership survey results with @TomMcMillen611 from @Lead1acom, noting that more than 80% of the Power 5 responded that they support an antitrust exemption to reduce athletic costs. See all the results here: #NCAA…

CEO Amy Perko speaks with @TomMcMillen611from @Lead1acom about our D-I leadership survey, noting “There has been a tipping point in the views of University presidents.” See all the results from our survey here:…

About the Commission

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics 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, such as establishing an academic threshold for postseason eligibility, including academic incentives in the NCAA revenue distributions and reducing athletic time demands.