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Knight Commission Looking into Restructuring College Sports

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Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics co-chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan. Photo: Knight Commission

By Fred Cromartie, Ed.D. |

Many in the field of sport studying and researching the issues of corruption have come to know the Knight Commission.  Those who are serious and interested in staying aware of recommendations to changes for restructuring college sports need look no further than the announcement that came down a couple of days ago.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association was formed in the early 1900s as the Intercollegiate Athletic Association. From its original purpose to today we are aware that collegiate athletics has changed significantly and continues to change and evolve, as such the Knight Commission on intercollegiate athletics has announced to NCAA President Mark Emmert that it will examine new models to restructure college sports.

Commissioner co-chairs Arne Duncan and Dr. Carol Cartwright have written letter cited how the “highly commercialized environment” for high-level college basketball and football. That letter 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.” The letter is here.

Dr. Cromartie is the Director of Doctoral Studies at the United States Sports Academy.

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