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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

Speed Up the Glacial Pace of NCAA Reform

By William E. (Brit) Kirwan and Arne Duncan. Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. A report from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics 15 years ago urged the NCAA to reduce time demands on college athletes and reward schools not just for their athletic performance but for meeting academic expectations. Many sports reporters, NCAA

Let Athletes Be Students

In The Players Tribune, former Duke University men’s basketball All-American Shane Battier wrote an article discussing the increased time demands on today’s college athletes. LINK HERE for the article.

Closing a Chapter in His ‘Never-Ending Mission’

The Washington Post published an article on October 24, 2016, about Knight Commission chairman William ‘Brit’ Kirwan, who is stepping down from the leadership post at the end of 2016. LINK HERE to read “Closing a chapter in his ‘never-ending mission’”

Knight Commission Urges NCAA to Pass Proposal to Reward Schools for Meeting Academic Expectations

[Sessions and video with experts on college sports finances; and state and future of NCAA basketball]

On the eve of a critical vote by the NCAA, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics today urged passage of a new policy that would, for the first time, provide financial awards to schools that meet academic expectations for sports teams and athletes. During its fall meeting at the Newseum, the Commission also encouraged the NCAA to adopt policies under consideration that would reduce athletic time demands on college athletes.

October 2016 Meeting

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Financial Resources

Updated Financial Resources (click on each figure to download a PDF)

Kirwan Retiring as Chair of Knight Commission

Knight Foundation announces changes in leadership and membership Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen today announced leadership and membership changes to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, including the retirement of its chairman, Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan. Kirwan’s final meeting will be at the Commission’s session today at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Knight Commission Statement on Supreme Court Declining to Take Up O’Bannon Case

Now that the case is resolved, Commission says it’s time for NCAA to step up reform to prioritize college athletes’ education, protect their health and safety The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court declining to review the appeals court ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAA. The