“Transforming the NCAA D-I Model” Virtual Public Forums

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics presents a series of four public forums examining the NCAA Division I model and the need for reform.


Full Report

Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change Report CoverTransforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change
After a year-long examination, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called for major governance changes for Division I sports, proposing a new governing entity for the sport of football at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, separate from the NCAA. The NCAA would govern all other sports in a reorganized Division I governance, and schools with FBS football programs would remain part of the NCAA in all other sports except football. The Commission outlined its recommendations in a new report, Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change.


Response to NCAA President Mark Emmert’s Remarks on Division I Reform

Numerous media outlets have reported on NCAA President Mark Emmert’s criticism this week of the Knight Commission’s recent report, “Transforming the D-I Model.” In his State of College Sports address on January 12, Emmert, appearing to refer to our proposal to separate the sport of FBS football from the NCAA, said that some have suggested “we should even take that part that’s most entertaining and most lucrative, and carve it off the Association, set it over here and turn that into a pure entertainment industry with paid professionals.” Those comments do not accurately represent our proposal. In fact, the Knight Commission report explicitly outlines a set of principles for its proposed new governance entity for FBS football that would prohibit making FBS football players “paid professionals.”

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Series Recap and Study


Session 4 – Recommendations for Change

Virtual meeting, Recommendations for Change, featuring Knight Commission Co-Chairs Arne Duncan and Carol Cartwright and Knight Commission Members Nancy L. Zimpher, Len Elmore, Peter Roby and Jacques McClendon. This is the fourth forum of the Knight Commission’s fall examination, Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: A 4-Part Series.


Session 3 – What D-I Leaders Think: New Survey Findings about Reform

Virtual meeting, What D-I Leaders Think: New Survey Findings about Reform, featuring Knight Commission members Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor Emeritus, State University of New York; Shanteona Keys, manager of education, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and former women’s basketball player, Georgia College; and Kendall Spencer, Georgetown University law graduate, former NCAA Board Member and former men’s track & field athlete, University of New Mexico. This is the third forum of the Knight Commission’s fall examination, Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: A 4-Part Series.


Session 2 – A New Analysis of the D-I Revenue Distribution Formula Inequities

Virtual meeting, A New Analysis of the D-I Revenue Distribution Formula Inequities, featuring Arne Duncan, Knight Commission Co-Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Education, and members Len Elmore, former NBA and NCAA basketball standout, and Penelope Kyle, president emeritus, Radford University. This is the second forum of the Knight Commission’s fall examination, Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: A 4-Part Series.


Session 1 – Follow the Money: Breaking Down D-I Finances

Virtual meeting, Follow the Money: Breaking Down D-I Finances, featuring Knight Commission co-chair Carol Cartwright, President Emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University; and Commission member Jonathan Mariner, former executive vice president and CFO of Major League Baseball. Other presenters include: Amy P. Perko, CEO, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; Scott Hirko, project manager, College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database; and AJ Maestas, Founder and CEO, Navigate.