Knight Commission Looking into Restructuring College Sports

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College athletics have changed significantly since the National Collegiate Athletic Association was formed in the early 1900s.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a 30-year-old organization intent on strengthening the educational mission of college sports, thinks the landscape has changed enough to restructure the entire system. The commission released a statement Monday, noting that is has informed NCAA President Mark Emmert that it will begin to look at models to restructure college athletics and seek “far-reaching reforms that will better prioritize student-athletes’ education, health, safety and success.”

Arne Duncan and Carol Cartwright’s letter to Emmert cited how the “highly commercialized environment” for high-level college basketball and football has led the Knight Commission to begin exploring “alternative structures for Division I college sports, with a special focus on the impact of FBS football.”

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