Current Initiatives

Where the Money Comes From & Where the Money Goes

In an effort to strengthen financial transparency, the Knight Commission produces information to describe the financial landscape of Division I college sports. Below are figures that describe “Where the money comes from,” “Where the money goes” and “How the money has changed” in Division I college sports.

For Overview of Finances for DI Publics CLICK HERE

For Overview of Finances of DI Privates CLICK HERE

For Overview of how the money has changed CLICK 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.


March 16, 2015 – Knight Commission memo on priorities influenced NCAA actions

On March 16, 2015, the Knight Commission sent a memo to the NCAA President and Board of Directors outlining a number of priorities. Several of those priorities have influenced recent NCAA actions. The Commission continues to promote the other reforms and priorities: CLICK HERE

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
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