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Knight Commission Releases Video and Principles on New Name, Image and Likeness Rules for College Athletes

Watch our new four-minute educational video and view our new set of principles to guide the development of new policies allowing college athletes to earn compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Commission Urges NCAA to Prioritize Student Opportunities in Response to D1 Waiver Requests

Co-Chairs Arne Duncan and Carol Cartwright wrote a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert as Emmert and the Division I governance groups work to adapt NCAA policies to the financial crisis spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCAA DI College Sports Finances and College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database

Financial database on academic and athletics spending trends and figures for “Where the Money Comes From” and “Where the Money Goes” in college sports.

Our Impact

The Knight Commission has a legacy of leading reforms that strengthen the educational mission of college sports.

Improved graduation success of student-athletes


More than 88% of college athletes receive degrees.

Championships eligibility tied to academic standards


At least 50% of a team’s players must be on track to graduate in order for the team to be eligible for postseason championships.

Financial incentives tied to academic success

$1.1 BN

Between 2019 and 2032, more than $1.1 billion will be rewarded to institutions for the academic and graduation success of their teams.

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CEO Perko discusses #CollegeFootball reopening in the @DMRegister:“Give paramount priority to protecting the health and safety of college athletes and staff, as well as the university community, superseding financial considerations or popular sentiment to reopen college sports.”…

CEO Perko said the results of a @Gallup study of college graduates, by @gretanderson for @Insidehighered, “exemplify the primary ‘reasons why college sports should be preserved and strengthened as part of the educational mission.’ #HigherEd…

Catch our recent discussion on #NIL issues with Congressman @RepAGonzalez and other top sports experts, here:

About the Commission

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics 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, such as establishing an academic threshold for postseason eligibility, including academic incentives in the NCAA revenue distributions and reducing athletic time demands.