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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).

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.

More about our impact

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Bloomberg's @jasonkellynews and @carolmassar from @business spoke with CEO Amy Perko about issues in #collegesports and the need for a new #NCAA D-I model. Listen here:

Our next virtual meeting, “A New Analysis of the D-I Revenue Distribution Formula Inequities,” will be Wed., 9/30 at 1pm ET, where we examine the financial distributions from @NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the FBS @CFBPlayoff RSVP:

We posted a video of our forum, “Follow the Money: Breaking Down D-I Finances,” where we discussed the flow of money in #collegesports, on our website. WATCH 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.