It’s Time to Change or Move Beyond the NCAA

The Raleigh News and Observer published an editorial calling for changes in governance of college sports. The editorial questions whether the NCAA is up to the task given current trends in college football and basketball “toward expansion and the slide toward professionalism that weakens the sports’ collegiate appeal.”

The piece references current efforts underway with the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

“Now reformers are looking at better ways to oversee college sports. Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, said the commission is looking into new governance models and expects to hear the first reports in June. The search for options was prompted by concern that college sports face ‘mounting challenges that really are beyond the NCAA reform agenda and, in some significant areas, beyond the NCAA’s control,’ she said.”

The editorial urges a greater voice for the public “in what college basketball and football should become—or what they should remain” since the majority of the colleges and universities are “either public or publicly supported through government grants and their nonprofit tax status.”

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