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About the Authors

The project was produced in 2009 and supervised by Amy Perko, Executive Director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Jay Weiner (, a journalist based in St. Paul, Minn., who has specialized in sports business and other off-the-field issues for past three decades, is the author. Welch Suggs, consultant to the Knight Commission, served as primary editor of the report. Dennis Kramer II, Graduate Fellow for the Commission, provided editorial assistance. Graphics and the website were designed by Widmeyer Communications.

Significant editorial feedback and data review was provided by Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. Scott Hirko provided editorial assistance and created special design features. Jeffrey Orleans and Donna Lopiano also provided editorial comments on early drafts.

The Knight Commission would like to thank the National Collegiate Athletic Association for its assistance with assembling data for this report. In particular, Todd Petr, Director of Research; Bernard Franklin, Senior Vice President; and Jim Isch, Interim President and Chief Financial Officer, were helpful and supportive of the project throughout its development.