Knight Commission’s June 4 Video and Webinar Kit



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Fred Frommer

Expert Panel to Include Congressman Anthony Gonzalez

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics will hold a webinar to assess the NCAA’s proposal allowing college athletes to earn money for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL) and to evaluate key differences with recommendations made by other groups. The session will focus on the most debated issues, such as compliance with fair market value, the confusion around group endorsement opportunities and ways to achieve uniformity, either through Congress or the Uniform Law Commission.


The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by Carol Cartwright, President Emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University, and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education.


The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ spring public meeting held via Zoom webinar. (See the complete agenda below.)


Online – Information will be provided upon registration. Space is limited, so register now.


Thursday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET

The last 15 minutes will be for media Q&A with Knight Commission leadership and panelists.


Registration for the webinar has ended. Please email any questions to


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Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Session

2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Assessing Proposals to Allow College Athletes to Earn Money for the Use of their Name, Image and Likeness

Panelists and Participants:

Carol Cartwright
Knight Commission Co-Chair, President Emeritus Kent State University and Bowling Green State University

Arne Duncan
Knight Commission Co-Chair, former U.S. Secretary of Education

Dr. Christine Copper
Knight Commission member; Faculty Athletics Representative and Professor, United States Naval Academy

Walt Harrison
Knight Commission member; President Emeritus, University of Hartford

Val Ackerman
Commissioner, Big East Conference and Co-Chair, NCAA Federal and State Legislation Working Group

Gabe Feldman
Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, and reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Study on College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness

Tom McMillen
CEO, LEAD1, association of 131 athletics directors of Football Bowl Subdivision schools

U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R OH-16)
Former NFL and Ohio State University wide receiver

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Media Q&A with Knight Commission leadership and panelists

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989. The Commission’s purpose is to develop, promote and lead transformational change that prioritizes the education, health, safety and success of college athletes. Over time, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations that strengthen the educational mission of college sports, 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 College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) database provides financial transparency for where the money comes from and where the money goes in college sports.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit