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Intercollegiate Athletics Forum: Emmert Says New Governance Structure Possible
Published December 11, 2013
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ALLAYING CONCERNS: With the NCAA under increasing pressure to change its centralized form of governance, Emmert said he was hopeful the proposed switch could alleviate many of those concerns. He added, "This is going to be, I hope, a seminal moment in the NCAA, especially for Division I. The presidents have been talking about for some time now the need to have a decision-making structure that allows them to make decisions faster and to accommodate the huge, mostly economic differences across Division I from low-resource schools to high-resource schools. Right now, they try to write rules collectively, and that’s very, very difficult for them. So the model that’s being discussed would provide, first of all, greater autonomy and accountability for the large-budget conferences -- especially the Big Five -- that would allow them to have greater authority over a handful of areas so they could spend money more effectively on student athletes. That’s gigantic for us. That’s going to be a watershed moment.”