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Knight Commission Sees Integrity of College Sports at Risk

[Sessions and video with NCAA President Mark Emmert; experts on college football and health and safety benefits and protections]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics said today that recent college sports scandals have threatened not only the integrity of intercollegiate athletics but raised basic questions about the NCAA’s ability to prevent abuses, protect the rights of athletes and clean up corruption. At today’s fall meeting, NCAA President Mark Emmert told the Knight Commission, “We cannot go into the next basketball season without seeing fundamental change in the way college basketball is operating.”

October 2017 meeting

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NCAA President Mark Emmert to Address Knight Commission Fall Meeting on October 30

Who The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Speakers and panelists will include Mark Emmert, NCAA president; Ray Anderson, vice president for university athletics and athletics director at Arizona State University; Nancy Armour, USA

Knight Commission Calls for Change in College Football Playoff Revenues to Address National Challenges Facing the Sport

[Sessions and video with experts on football finances and benefits for players; and leadership diversity in football and basketball]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called for the College Football Playoff to invest some of its revenue for the first time in national initiatives supporting the health and safety of football players and in programs to increase diversity among football coaches. In addition, the Commission urged the College Football Playoff to follow the NCAA’s lead in adding current or former student-athletes to its board of managers.

May 2017 Meeting

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Knight Commission to Meet on May 1 at National Press Club

Video and audio will be made available within 48 hours of the meeting conclusion. Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer, fred.frommer@deweysquare.com, 202.744.9273 Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Panelists will include Big 12 Commissioner

Knight Commission Urges NCAA to Pass Proposal to Reward Schools for Meeting Academic Expectations

[Sessions and video with experts on college sports finances; and state and future of NCAA basketball]

On the eve of a critical vote by the NCAA, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics today urged passage of a new policy that would, for the first time, provide financial awards to schools that meet academic expectations for sports teams and athletes. During its fall meeting at the Newseum, the Commission also encouraged the NCAA to adopt policies under consideration that would reduce athletic time demands on college athletes.

October 2016 Meeting

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Knight Commission to Meet on Oct. 24 at Newseum

Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer fred.frommer@deweysquare.com, 202.772.0459 Group will tackle important issues in quickly changing field of college sports Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor emeritus, University System of Maryland and Co-Vice Chairs Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education,

Knight Commission Calls for NCAA to Transform its Guidelines for March Madness Revenues to Better Support College Athletes and Protect Financial Integrity

[Sessions and video with experts on NCAA revenue distribution; health and safety issues; amateurism; and athletic time demands]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics met today at the National Press Club and called for the NCAA to establish a new guiding principle for the use of NCAA revenues distributed to institutions from the March Madness tournament. The Commission recommended that 100 percent of NCAA revenues received by institutions should be restricted to supporting athletes’ education and providing them with appropriate health and safety benefits and protections. Under current guidelines, just 25 percent of NCAA revenues received by institutions are restricted to support athletes’ education and provide other benefits.