Knight Commission to Release Major Survey of Division I Leaders at Forum on Oct. 13

[ Results reveal campus leaders' views on pressing issues facing college sports and proposals for transformative change ]

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics will release results of a groundbreaking survey of Division I campus leaders’ opinions on significant college sports reforms proposals, such as capping sports’ budgets and major reorganizations of the current Division I model. The reorganizations surveyed include creating a new NCAA division for Power 5 sports and separating FBS football into its own independent, operating entity.

Registration is now open for this 60-minute virtual forum from 1-2 p.m. ET, What D-I Leaders Think: New Survey Findings about Reform. The survey respondents were college presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors, college athlete leaders, faculty athletics representatives and senior woman administrators at Division I institutions. Following the presentation there will be an audience Q&A with Knight Commission leadership and presenters.

This is the third forum of the Knight Commission’s fall examination, Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: A 4-Part Series. The final forum, Recommendations for Change, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 1-2 p.m. ET. The Commission launched a major re-examination of college sports last December, announcing then it would explore new models to restructure Division I sports.


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.


Tuesday, Oct.13, 2020, 1-2 p.m. ET.


Online. To register, click here. Space is limited, so register now.


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  • WATCH the first forum in the series, titled Follow the Money: Breaking Down D-I Finances, and the second forum, A New Analysis of the D-I Revenue Distribution Formula Inequities, both of which can be viewed here.
  • A new Knight Commission-sponsored study by CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), which analyzes the NCAA’s distribution of revenues from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, can be found here.
  • Read our MarketWatch Opinion piece on: The Coming COVID-19 Transformation of College Sports.
  • Background information, recommendations and resources on future changes to allow college athletes to earn money from the use of their name, image and likeness can be found 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 lead transformational change to prioritize college athletes’ education, health, safety and success. To preserve the Commission’s independence, the foundation continues to be its sole supporter, but does not control, or attempt to control, the Commission’s opinions or pronouncements. The Commission recently launched an important review of college sports, “Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: A 4-Part Series.” 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 provides financial data about Division I college sports to enhance financial transparency and accountability. For more, visit

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