The Knight Commission’s report, “Transforming the D-I Model: Recommendations for Change,” is winning over important voices among Division I stakeholders, including:


FBS Stakeholders
Published May 2021

As published by Athletic Director U, “College Athletic Leaders Want Independent Football Oversight” highlights FBS stakeholders’ endorsement of the Knight Commission’s “Transforming the D1 Model” proposal.

“Despite public pushback from Emmert, Sankey and others [to the Knight Commission’s recommendations], data compiled by Qualtrics, Eventellect, Learfield IMG College, Winthrop Intelligence — as well as a survey of over 100 FBS stakeholders — tells a different story: namely, that establishing a centralized governance model for [the sport of] FBS [football] not only makes business sense, it’s also a popular idea among FBS administrators behind closed doors.”

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Big West Conference

Big West Endorsement
Letter dated January 20, 2021

The Big West Conference Board of Directors endorsed the Knight Commission proposals to reform Division I sports — including creating a separate entity for the sport of FBS football — in a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert. The conference wrote that it “sees the need for transformative, not incremental, changes in NCAA organizational structure and revenue distribution.”

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

MAAC Endorsement
Letter dated January 6, 2021

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents, in a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert, expressed support for the Commission’s proposal for a new Division I governance model. “The MAAC Presidents agree that bold change is needed in the current fragmented governance of Division I athletics,” the Council wrote. The letter also states that the “Knight Commission’s heavily researched report correctly identifies the problems and recommends solutions to address those problems in ways that will improve Division I college sports for all NCAA Division I sports and universities.”

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