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Knight Commission Co-Chairmen Honor Myles Brand

Statement from Knight Commission Co-Chairmen, William E. “Brit” Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner: College sports lost a friend and strong leader in the passing of Myles Brand. The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics is saddened by the loss and remembers Dr. Brand for his spirited commitment to academic reform. Dr. Brand tackled tough issues with

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The Associated Press reported on an address by the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the 2012 NCAA convention. Duncan urged the nation’s major institutions to put some of the revenue earned from football and men’s basketball championships into an education fund. Duncan praised recent policies adopted by the association membership, including tougher academic

College Sports 101

A Primer on Money, Athletics, and Higher Education in the 21st Century More »

Meeting Spotlight

October 26, 2009 – First of its Kind Survey Reveals Dilemma of Reform For more, link here Multimedia Links Presidential Survey Report Presidential Survey Appendices Photos from the event Video of Press Conference (part 1, part 2) Audio (session 1, session 2) 20th Anniversary Video History of the Knight Commission   See Past Meeting Highlights

Tax-Exempt Status and Intercollegiate Athletics

“I certainly don’t have a problem with saying we’re going to grant a tax exemption to the football program and the basketball program in order to provide revenue to support women’s soccer or lacrosse. But I’m a lawyer, and we have an old saying in the law, ‘trust everyone, but get it in writing.’” –

May 2009 Knight Commission Meeting

“We built an enterprise under revenue assumptions that we have to change… we have just always assumed that corporate revenue, media revenue would just continue at the same pace, and that is obviously not going to be the case,” ~ Brit Kirwan, Co-Chairmen Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics The conclusion of another academic year marks

2009 NCAA Convention – Future of Commercial Activity

“Many observers believe this invasion of commercialism appears to be inevitable given new technologies that are intersecting with consumer demand for interactivity and reality-based gaming. If college athletes’ names and likenesses are to be used in commercial products, advertisements or fantasy sports games, there must be a way to balance the inequities by providing some

Knight Commission to Examine College Sports Finances

“For years spending within college athletics has continued to escalate while instructional spending has remained stagnant and even decreased at many institutions,” said William E. (“Brit”) Kirwan, Knight Commission co-chairman and chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Long before the global economic crisis began making headlines, higher education and intercollegiate athletics have been struggling