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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).

Knight Commission Releases Guidelines and Considerations for Decisions to Reopen College Sports

Given the volatility and uncertainty associated with the pandemic, and the pressures to start up college sports competition, the Commission recommends seven guidelines and considerations for making decisions about reopening college sports.

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

88%

More than 88% of college athletes receive degrees.

Championships eligibility tied to academic standards

50%

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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As noted in this article, #NCAA FBS institutions have significant #collegesports debt adding to financial strains, the CAFI database shows public FBS athletics programs total more than $9 billion in athletics debt in 2018: orlandosentinel.com/sports/florida… pic.twitter.com/nZZ8fvOiXZ

CEO Perko highlights guidelines for decisions to reopen #collegesports with Charlie Tuggle on UNC's Sport Focus radio show: chapelboro.com/sports-focus #COVID19

By conference, in 2018, millions paid by Power 5 institutions to Group of 5 & FCS in guarantees to play #collegefootball and other contests, demonstrated by the CAFI database: cafidatabase.knightcommission.org/reports/4dd0b8… #collegesports #NCAA pic.twitter.com/0SXRMwwJvD

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.

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