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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.

Knight Commission to Seek Changes to How NCAA Distributes March Madness Revenue

[TODAY: Commission to discuss new analysis that highlights inequities in the annual NCAA distribution formula]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics today will propose in a virtual public session changes to the NCAA’s March Madness revenue distribution, which sends nearly $600 million to its 351 Division I schools every year. In addition to this direct funding to Division I schools, March Madness revenues support both NCAA operations and 90 national championships for 24 sports across all three membership divisions, which include more than 1,000 colleges and universities.

Knight Commission to Highlight Inequities in Division I Revenue Distribution at Second Virtual Forum

[Session will feature former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and findings from a new analysis]

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics will hold the second virtual forum of its four-part series on the NCAA Division I model and the need for reform. This 60-minute forum, A New Analysis of the D-I Revenue Distribution Formula Inequities, will examine the financial distributions from Division I’s two marquee events: the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the FBS College Football Playoff.

“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. View registration information for future forums and videos of earlier sessions.


By Nancy Zimpher and Jonathan Mariner Published in MarketWatch, August 11, 2020. While millions of fans are lamenting the looming disappearance of college sports this fall, the coronavirus pandemic is also exposing financial fault lines and a broken governance model that may trigger an opportunity to irrevocably transform big-dollar college athletic programs. COVID-19 has cast

Knight Commission Examining Major Restructuring of College Sports

For Public Release Dec. 16, 2019 Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer; 202.744.9273 The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a leading voice for college sports reform, informed NCAA President Mark Emmert today that it will examine new models to restructure college sports, citing the challenges created by the “highly commercialized environment” for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

History of Knight Commission Work on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Models and Issues

The following provides links to papers and videos from prior Knight Commission meetings where potential changes of NCAA rules regarding the use of student-athletes names, images and likenesses (NIL) were considered. These discussions preceded the passage of California’s SB 206 in September 2019 that will allow student-athletes at California universities to be compensated for the

May 2019 Meeting Photos

Click on each photo to enlarge. Carol Cartwright Gabe Feldman (left), Amadou Kilkenny Diaw Amadou Kilkenny Diaw From left: Scott Bearby, Gabe Feldman, Amadou Kilkenny Diaw From left: Eric Chenowith, Tom McMillen,  Scott Bearby, Gabe Feldman, Amadou Kilkenny Diaw Tom McMillen (left), Scott Bearby Jonathan Mariner Garth Glissman Michael Crow Jacques McClendon Amy Perko (left),