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"Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change" Report

Read our bold proposal to restructure the NCAA D-I governance.

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

88%

More than 88% of college athletes receive degrees.

Championships eligibility tied to academic standards

50%

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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Sports columnist @jeffjacobs123 says our recommendations to “Transform the DI Model” are "a must.” Read our full report here: kng.ht/3g7mSdB #collegesports #highered twitter.com/nhregister/sta…

To celebrate @CoSIDANews Membership Recognition week we'd like to thank you for your work in communicating the educational mission of #collegesports and being champions for the academic success of college athletes. #ThankYourSID

Read our statement in response to media reports linking @NCAA President Emmert’s comments to our D-I reform proposal in a speech this week. We clarified that our proposal would prohibit making FBS football players “paid professionals.” #collegesports kng.ht/2LCpd5l

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.

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