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Athletics Spending Outpaces Academic Spending in NCAA Schools, Including UNC, NC State

The Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer published an article that used the Knight Commission Academic and Athletic Spending Database to examine spending patterns among public institutions in North Carolina. The article quotes Knight Commission executive director Amy Perko who commented on the general patterns seen across most Division I public universities: “A clear

Richmond Times Dispatch Uses Knight Commission Database in Analysis

The Richmond Times Dispatch used the Knight Commission’s recently released spending database to analyze the academic and athletic spending patterns for the public universities in Virginia. The analysis found that “athletic spending for athletes has far outpaced academic spending for full-time students at Virginia Commonwealth University in recent years, while at the University of Virginia,

Columbus Dispatch Finds “Books Beat Sports in OSU Spending Hikes”

An article in the Columbus Dispatch takes a look at spending at Ohio State University using the recently-released Knight Commission Academic and Athletic Spending Database. The trends at Ohio State run counter to the general trends of most public Division I universities that experienced a rise in athletics spending while academic spending stagnated. The article

Knight Commission Launches Groundbreaking, Interactive College Sports Spending Database

Users can examine trends as sports spending rises and academic spending remains stagnant Dec. 4, 2013 – The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics releases today its Athletic and Academic Spending Database for NCAA Division I ( to provide greater transparency for athletics finances and better measures to compare trends in academic and athletic spending. The

Athletics at UND, NDSU Subsidized Heavily by Schools, Students

Prairie Business Magazine recently reported on the athletics finances at the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU). Knight Commission Executive Director Amy Perko provided a national perspective: “Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, said competition between schools has accelerated athletics spending, especially on coach salaries,

Antitrust for the NCAA? recently reported that the athletics reform-minded Drake Group plans to pursue federal legislation to provide the NCAA with a “‘limited antitrust exemption’ to cap spending and redirect revenue toward athletes in the form of educational and medical benefits.” The proposed College Athlete Protection Act is still being drafted. The group aims to have it

Knight Commission Recommendations on NCAA Governance and Related Issues

CLICK HERE for this memo in PDF. MEMORANDUM To: David Berst, NCAA Vice President for Division I From: Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Subject: Knight Commission recommendations on NCAA governance and related issues Date: October 15, 2013 On August 6, 2013, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics sent a memorandum to

Bill Friday’s Legacy Lasts a Year Later

An article in the Daily Tar Heel remembered the legacy of Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina system as well as founding co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. The article stated: “During his time as president, Friday emphasized the importance of affordability, standing up for students and striking a

Athletics Cost Colleges, Students Millions

Knight Commission data on athletic and academic spending are cited in The Cincinnati Enquirer article, “Athletics cost colleges, students millions.” The article examines the costs and benefits of sports programs, particularly those that rely on institutional funding and student fees, and questions whether the costs are sustainable: “Athletics is among the biggest examples of the

Jim Delany Calls for More Athlete Benefits, but Not Pay

Recent comments made by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and reported by USA Today echoes calls made by the Knight Commission in its March 2001 report, A Call to Action, that urged the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) “to develop minor leagues so that athletes not interested in undergraduate study are