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Pamela Bernard Appointed Knight Commission Co-Chair and New Members Announced

Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibargüen announced leadership and membership changes to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Commission member Pamela Bernard will join Len Elmore and Arne Duncan as a co-chair of the Knight Commission, and Dr. Kimberly Harmon, Amy Huchthausen, and Judy Olian will join as Commission members. Bernard replaces Nancy Zimpher,

ESPN “Finebaum Show”: Interview with Co-Chair Len Elmore Knight Commission Co-Chair Len Elmore discusses challenges new NCAA president Charlie Baker will need to address and the realities of requesting federal legislation for college sports.

CLA projections on future FBS and Power 5 spending

The Knight Commission engaged CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), a national professional services firm, to analyze future FBS and Power 5 spending with more than a billion of new revenues flowing into their programs as early as 2026 due to the expansion of the College Football Playoff (CFP) and, for Big Ten and SEC programs, increased conference media

Front Office Sports: “P5 Football Coach Spending Shows No Sign of Slowing”

Amanda Christovich highlights key projections from the Knight Commission’s January 2023 NCAA Convention session. “If the NCAA, College Football Playoff, and Power 5 programs don’t make significant changes to their habits, spending on football coaching salaries will continue to far outpace spending for athletes’ rights, according to a Knight Commission report. By 2030, football coaching

“The Multi-Billion Dollar Question: How Should New CFP and D-I Revenues Be Used?”

On January 12, 2023, members of the Knight Commission presented the session “The Multi-Billion Dollar Question: How Should New CFP and D-I Revenues Be Used?” at the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Related Materials: Session Slides (PDF) Video Recording Transcript of Session and Q&A (PDF) Session Panelists/Presenters: Eric Barron, Knight Commission member and “NCAA committee proposes major changes for Division I sports, including bigger basketball tournaments”

Steve Berkowitz reported on recommendations from an NCAA committee ”charged with a wide-ranging examination of the future of major-college sports” noting that the recommendations will go to the NCAA Board of Directors. One of the items on the list was to “change Division I’s revenue distribution system so that it would account for athletic performance

Paying Football Coaches Not to Coach: The Mounting Costs of FBS Buyouts

The Commission released an analysis of FBS football coaching buyouts at public institutions over the 2012-2021 decade, along with an updated look at buyouts of head football coaches at Power Five institutions during the last two seasons. The analysis found that Power Five programs are wasting staggering amounts of dollars in “dead money,” paying coaches not

December 2022 Meeting Photos

Click on each photo to enlarge. From left: Amy Perko and Arne Duncan Jonathan Mariner From left: Christine Copper and Peter Roby Bud Peterson Eric Barron From left: Penny Kyle and Jessica Mendoza Arne Duncan Shanteona Keys Walt Harrison From left: LEAD1 panelists Erianne Weight and Tom McMillen,   

Knight Commission challenges university presidents to act on transformational reform of Division I sports

December 5, 2022 Knight-Newhouse Football Head Coach Buyout Data Session Summary and Panelist Bios Photos for media use are available here. Watch video of public meeting with LEAD1 panelists. Washington, D.C.—At its winter meeting, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called on university presidents leading the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to act more urgently

Knight Commission Supports United Soccer’s Coach Credentialing Program for NCAA Coaches

The Knight Commission has long championed the need for a credential that addresses the important role of coaches as educators. In December 2022, United Soccer Coaches Association became the first organization to offer a formal college coach credential program when they launched a 60-hour curriculum coach credentialing program that includes NCAA Division I, II and