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Promoting Academics

Knight Commission executive director Amy Perko was one of several individuals with an opinion published in the New York Times‘ “Room for Debate” forum titled, “March Madness?  What about Midterms?” Advocating policy change to emphasize the “college” in college sports has been the mission of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for more than two

College Sports Spending out of Whack

This opinion by Knight Commission co-chairs William E. “Brit” Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner was published in the September 17, 2010 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “The college sports offseason was filled with news of record-breaking television revenues, lucrative multibillion-dollar television contracts and a reshuffling of athletic conference affiliations designed, in part, to maximize television

Playoffs Not the Answer to College Football’s Financial Crisis

This opinion by Knight Commission co-chairs, William “Brit” Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner, was published in the December 19, 2009, edition of the Washington Post. The college football bowl season begins today, with 34 games scheduled from Dec. 19 to Jan. 7. We expect to hear renewed calls from journalists, fans and politicians for a

Tackling college football fantasy leagues

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics co-chairs William E. Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner authored an opinion piece, below, published in the Los Angeles Times on August 30, 2008. This weekend, Terrapins, Trojans, Mustangs and more take to the gridiron, kicking off the college football season. This week also marks the start of a new era

Make academic integrity part of recruiting process

R. Gerald Turner and Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., co-chairs of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, commented in the Miami Herald (link here) on February 4, 2007, about the need for colleges and universities to incorporate academic integrity in the recruiting of athletes. In the article, Turner and Wharton noted the significant media attention that

Keep ‘Pro’ out of College Sports

“Keep ‘pro’ out of college sports,” Indianapolis Star, Apr. 2, 2006. March Madness is about to reach its finale. Without a doubt, the tournament in America’s favorite amateur sports event. CBS pays the NCAA roughly half a billion dollars a year for the right to broadcast the tournament, and it knows what it needs for