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It is the goal of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.

  • The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE


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  • Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

    A Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics study reveals interest among university presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches in exploring alternative models for Division I competition and administration of different sports that may reduce missed class time and travel costs. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

    The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

    Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.

    Challenge Awards to Support Research Using Financial Database  

    The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an initiative of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, announces a challenge program to support research proposals that use the Commission's Athletic and Academic Spending Database (spendingdatabase.knightcommission.org) to investigate athletics debt, athletics debt service, or institutional financial support (e.g., student fees, institutional transfers to athletics) of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs. The Knight Commission welcomes a wide variety of frameworks to consider this research, including from the fields of higher education, sport management, economics/finance, and business.  Awards of up to $5,000 will be provided; the deadline is March 15, 2015.  For more information, read the Call for Proposals

    On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Amy Perko and Scott Hirko presented a workshop on the Knight Commission’s NCAA Division I Athletic and Academic Spending Database to attendees at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference in Washington, DC.  

    Study to Explore Alternative Sport Structures

    At its September 8-9, 2014 meeting, the Knight Commission announced a study to explore alternative sport structures that may respond to increasing financial pressures and the vast differences among sports in costs, market appeal and organizational structures. The study, to be launched in Fall 2014, further pursues concepts that emerged from the Commission’s 2013 research on the governance and structure of college sports. It will probe interest in a system that could allow institutions to alter competitive affiliations for different sports to reduce time demands on athletes and better manage costs.

    Division I Model and Governance Review

    The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting.  The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an  August 6 memorandum.

    Promoting Changes in Revenue Distribution Models

    Knight Commission's recommendation to include academic performance as a part of football revenue distribution process takes hold

    In its 2010 report, the Knight Commission introduced a new approach to dividing postseason championship revenues.  In 2012, the Knight Commission continued to promote its concept to consider academic outcomes in the growing financial rewards.  CLICK HERE to read an op-ed on this issue by Knight Commission co-chairs William E. “Brit” Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner that was published by the Chicago Tribune in June 2012.

    The Commission also sent a communication on April 20, 2012 to presidents and conference commissioners recommending a new approach in anticipation of the new football playoff. The communication is accessible HERE. Related media coverage can be read HERE.

    Findings of Research Grants on the State of College Athletics

    Six reports were produced as part of the Knight Commission Research Initiative to enhance the study of intercollegiate athletics policy. Research projects were selected by the Knight Commission through a competitive grant process in 2011. The Commission awarded $100,000 toward the support of these projects. The reports were presented at the Commission’s Oct. 9, 2012 meeting. CLICK HERE to access the reports.

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  • Restoring the Balance
    Dollars, Values, and the Future of College Sports (June 2010)
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