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Knight Commission Comments on NCAA Working Groups Appointed to Address Priority Issues

Knight Commission co-chairmen Brit Kirwan and Gerald Turner released the following statements in support of the NCAA’s appointment of working groups to address values-based revenue distribution and various components of the Division I sport organizational structure. “The Knight Commission is extremely pleased that a working group will examine a values-based revenue distribution system. The commission

Impact of Knight Commission Efforts

The following serves to convey the influence of Knight Commission recommendations on the policies, practices, culture and outcomes in college sports: CLICK HERE for summaries and reactions to the most recent policy changes that are consistent with Knight Commission principles and recommendations. PRESIDENTIAL CONTROL AND LEADERSHIP Presidential leadership for athletics – on campus, in athletics


While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college

Current Initiatives

Where the Money Comes From & Where the Money Goes In an effort to strengthen financial transparency, the Knight Commission produces information to describe the financial landscape of Division I college sports. Below are figures that describe “Where the money comes from,” “Where the money goes” and “How the money has changed” in Division I

Spending Database

The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions. CLICK HERE FOR AN OVERVIEW OF DIVISION I FINANCES CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE The graphs below illustrate “Where the Money Goes…” and “Where the Money Comes

Costs to Students for NCAA Sports Shown by State Audit

KSL Broadcasting in Salt Lake City, Utah, published an article about an audit conducted by the Office of the Utah State Auditor that examined the amount of subsidies provided to support the athletics programs at eight public state institutions. The subsidies examined in the report are provided through tuition waivers, student fees, state funds and

In Remembrance of Elson S. Floyd, 1956-2015

Dr. Elson S. Floyd, former Knight Commission member and President of Washington State University, died June 20, 2015 at the age of 59. Dr. Floyd joined the Knight Commission in November 2003 and served until his resignation in early May 2015. His obituary and a tribute to his contributions to higher education can be found

Knight Commission Urges A Student-Centered Approach in College Sports

[Sessions and video with experts on anti-tax law and current litigation impacting college sports; educational goals; and professional standards for coaches]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics convened leaders in athletics administration and experts in antitrust and tax law, public policy and economics to examine pressing issues in college sports and concluded that universities must apply a more laser-like focus on the educational experience of students who compete in intercollegiate athletics.

Knight Commission to Examine the Impact of Changes to College Athlete Image Rights and Other Regulatory Issues

Discussion to include consideration of O’Bannon ruling and effects of other legal challenges to current college sports model Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland, and R. Gerald Turner, president, Southern Methodist University, will be joined by experts in public policy, economics, and antitrust