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NPR: The Supreme Court Sides With NCAA Athletes In A Narrow Ruling

NPR’s Nina Totenberg spoke with Knight Commission CEO Amy Privette Perko and Co-Chair Len Elmore about the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in favor of college athletes in the NCAA v. Alston case. Read and listen here. Elmore, co-chair of the independent Knight Commission, would like to see the rules for collegiate athletics more broadly changed,

Wall Street Journal: After Decades of Control, the NCAA Finds Itself ‘On Its Heels’

The Wall Street Journal spoke with Knight Commission Co-Chair Len Elmore on the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in favor of college athletes in the NCAA v. Alston case: “The NCAA is on its heels right now,” said Len Elmore, co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an advocacy group that aims to reform inequities in college

Opinion: Time for a Racial Reckoning in College Sports Leadership

Co-vice chairs of our racial equity task force, Shanteona Keys and Jacques McClendon, published an op-ed in The Athletic on why it is so critical for institutions to enact the Commission’s 4 recommendations to achieve racial equity. You can read our whole report here. An excerpt from the article: “We believe that one of the

Knight Commission Announces New Membership Appointments of Dr. Wayne Frederick, Jessica Mendoza and Gloria Nevarez

Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibargüen and Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Co-Chairs Arne Duncan, Len Elmore and Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher have announced the appointment of new members to the Commission: Dr. Wayne Frederick, Jessica Mendoza and Gloria Nevarez. “Understanding a wide range of points of view is essential in our pluralistic society,”

Bloomberg Quicktake: Why These Money-Making Athletes Are Paid Nothing

Bloomberg’s Business of Sports released a 20-minute brief on the Name, Image, and Likeness issues facing college sports. This explainer features Knight Commission CEO Amy Privette Perko, Consultant Gabe Feldman, and Commission member Kendall Spencer. View on Bloomberg here.

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Responds to NCAA President Mark Emmert’s Remarks on Division I Reform

Numerous media outlets have reported on NCAA President Mark Emmert’s criticism this week of the Knight Commission’s recent report, “Transforming the D-I Model.” In his State of College Sports address on January 12, Emmert, appearing to refer to our proposal to separate the sport of FBS football from the NCAA, said that some have suggested “we should even take that part that’s most entertaining and most lucrative, and carve it off the Association, set it over here and turn that into a pure entertainment industry with paid professionals.” Those comments do not accurately represent our proposal. In fact, the Knight Commission report explicitly outlines a set of principles for its proposed new governance entity for FBS football that would prohibit making FBS football players “paid professionals.”

Financial Times: Pandemic Threatens Lucrative US College Football Tradition

In this important takeout on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on college football revenue, the international newspaper The Financial Times cited the work of our College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database:

The contract between the college football playoff system and its broadcaster, ESPN, is worth $7.3bn over 12 years, according to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Schools with large fan bases such as Notre Dame automatically earn $3.2m for qualifying for a playoff spot, while the baseline payout for other playoff-eligible schools is $300,000.

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