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May 2017 Meeting

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May 1 Meeting – Racial and Gender Diversity of Division I Football and Men’s and Women’s Basketball

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called for the College Football Playoff to invest some of its revenue for the first time in national initiatives supporting the health and safety of football players and in programs to increase diversity among football coaches. In addition, the Commission urged the College Football Playoff to follow the NCAA’s lead in adding current or former student-athletes to its board of managers.

Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby: They’re College Athletes, Neither Amateurs Nor Pros

In its coverage of the Knight Commission meeting on May 1, USA TODAY focused on a controversial comment made by panelist Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, about student-athletes: “I don’t think they’re amateurs. They’re college athletes.” The story noted that Bowlsby said in an interview that American student-athletes are unique — “Doesn’t

To Arne Duncan, Winning Can’t Be the Only Thing in College Sports

USA Today recently interviewed Arne Duncan, co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and former U.S. Secretary of Education, about the current issues in college sports. The article notes, “Arne Duncan remembers as a child sitting around the dinner table as his family discussed sports, though not in the way other families talked about

NCAA Issues Cash Payouts but Will Monitor How They’re Spent

A March 24, 2017 USA TODAY article reports that the NCAA will make payments to college athletics departments ranging from $165,000 to more than $1.3 million from a $200 million distribution in mid-April. “Schools will face restrictions on how they can use the money, which is coming from the liquidation of a type of endowment

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” and “where the money goes” in Division I college sports. For Overview of Finances for DI Publics CLICK HERE For Overview of Finances

Knight Commission to Meet on May 1 at National Press Club

Video and audio will be made available within 48 hours of the meeting conclusion. Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer,, 202.744.9273 Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Panelists will include Big 12 Commissioner

College Football’s Top Teams Are Built on Crippling Debt

Bloomberg News recently featured a series of articles, “College Football’s Financial Woes,” which investigates the costs and benefits of fielding an NCAA Division I college football team. The series includes a feature article about the high level of debt and debt service among many athletic departments due to football stadium construction and enhancements. Data from