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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.

More about our impact

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Latest from Twitter

There is still time to register for our final virtual forum on 12/3 from 1-2pm ET, “Recommendations for Change,” with Commission members @arneduncan, @nancyzimpher, @lenelmore, and Carol Cartwright. Sign up here:

Did you miss the first three virtual forums of our 4-part series, “Transforming the @NCAA D-I Model”? We have posted highlights and the videos of each session on our website here: #HigherEd @edwriters #collegesports

Michael Cross @usinsider spoke with Ken Hartman on the “Inside the Huddle” radio show about our recent college leadership survey findings, the need for reform of the D-I Model, and more. Listen to the 11/14 recording here - interview starts at 17:38…

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.