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Volume 23 No. 24
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Power Players: Naima Stevenson Starks and Kent Syverud

Stevenson Starks
Photo: NCAA
Stevenson Starks
Photo: NCAA
Stevenson Starks
Photo: NCAA
Syverud
Photo: Getty Images
Syverud
Photo: Getty Images
Syverud
Photo: Getty Images

Naima Stevenson Starks
Vice President, Law, Policy and Governance

NCAA

 

Kent Syverud
Chancellor and President

Syracuse University

 

Chairman

NCAA Committee on Sports Wagering

 

A Harvard-trained lawyer who has been on the NCAA’s legal team for 13 years, Stevenson Starks became the NCAA’s point person on sports betting when she took on a newly created role as liaison to its infractions committees in June. Not surprisingly, she quickly made clear publicly that she supports federal oversight of sports betting. Syverud chairs the NCAA’s 13-member ad hoc committee on sports wagering, which thus far has focused largely, though unsuccessfully, on getting schools to agree to a uniform policy on publicly disclosed injury reports.