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Knight Commission Calls for Refocused Efforts During Unprecedented Period in College Sports

[Sessions and video with NCAA Chief Medical Officer; experts discuss potential new era of college sports relating to financial rewards and athletic opportunities]

Amid mounting pressures on college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics vowed it would intensify its efforts to promote changes that better align athletic programs with institutions’ educational missions. The Commission again emphasized its commitment to efforts that address health and safety, athletic opportunities and financial issues that are putting at risk what is known as the collegiate model.

Concerned that external forces and legal decisions threaten the future of college sports, the Commission urged that the new NCAA governance structure adopt prior Commission recommendations to act first to protect the integrity and sustainability of the collegiate model.

Kansas State Coach Says Universities Have “Sold Out”

Legendary Kansas State Football Coach Bill Snyder echoed many of the concerns expressed in the Knight Commission’s 2010 report about the direction of major college sports. The Associated Press reports that Snyder said universities have “sold out” for money. Snyder’s concerns include the lengthening of the season and the number of games and said “it’s

Knight Commission to Discuss New Approaches for the Next Era of College Sports on Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C.

New and future health and safety initiatives will be featured 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 Brian Hainline, chief medical officer, NCAA; Oliver Luck, athletics director, West Virginia University; Alan Ashley,

House Bill Introduced to Require College Athletics Financial Reporting

In its 2010 report, Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports, the Knight Commission called for greater financial transparency in college sports and specifically, for NCAA financial reports to be made public. A House bill introduced on July 14 would make this recommendation a federal law. USA TODAY reports that Rep.

Knight Commission Call for Financial Transparency Cited by Senate Committee

The United States Senate Commerce Committee release on its July 8 hearing on college sports cited the Knight Commission’s call for greater financial transparency to improve the accountability in college sports. The release noted the following: “For Chairman Rockefeller and other critics of the NCAA, another major concern has been the NCAA’s opaqueness when it

Subsidizing Athletics Remains Problematic for Colleges

A USA Today analysis of college athletics budgets found subsidies were reduced at five of 227 public NCAA Division I institutions between 2009-10 and 2012-13. The article states, “roughly one in three of the other 48 power-conference public schools have reduced subsidies for athletics while one in 13 of the non-power-conference schools have done so.”

A Culture of Sports Obsession

A column in the Sedalia Democrat quotes University of Central Missouri (UCM) President Chuck Ambrose who describes his concerns that the “strategic vision for what college sports should look like is not there.” Ambrose is a former college soccer player who served as chairman of the NCAA Division II President Council in 2006-07. UCM recently

A Billion-Dollar Amateur Show

Knight Commission Executive Director Amy Perko is quoted in the Washington Post‘s April 3 article, “NCAA stages its gaudiest spectacle, while its amateur foundation is under question.” The article summarizes the recent debate over whether athletes should receive more benefits and whether they should be represented by a players’ union. “What impact, if any, one