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Adding teams to March Madness field among recommendations by NCAA Transformation Committee

The long-awaited report of official recommendations from the NCAA Division I Transformation Committee was released on Tuesday. 39 page document that is previously reported action This will allow Division I sports to host postseason tournaments that house 25% of the sports membership.

The caveat is that only sports with at least 200 participating schools are likely to act on that 25% figure.

One potential consequence of these recommendations could be the future expansion of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. However, industry sources told CBS Sports that there isn’t much momentum for that change in the near future. If all of the committee’s recommendations are formally adopted, the men’s and women’s tournaments could be expanded from the current 68 to a maximum of 90 (out of 363 schools), as anticipated in If it happens, it could also mean a small scale increase from 68 to 72.

The NCAA Tournament deal with CBS and Warner Bros. Discovery Sports runs through 2032.

Over the past 12 months, the Commission has considered: What is the student-athlete experience like and how can it be improved? How all DI sports are managed. How the Postseason Championship is built and access protocols for qualifiers. How the money will be distributed across Division I. Mobility environment for student-athletes. NCAA Simplified Rulebook Enforcement.

The 21-member committee was formed at the direction of outgoing NCAA president Marc Emmert, who urged action after a landmark antitrust lawsuit that the Supreme Court won 9-0 against the NCAA in June 2021. it was done. The committee was co-chaired by SEC Commissioner Greg. Sankey and his director of Ohio University Athletic, Julie Cromer. This group met almost weekly throughout 2022 and was responsible for making changes to both the big picture features and deeper details of Division I.

But this report is not the game-changing event that much of college athletics had anticipated. If anything, much of what was announced on Tuesday is what Sankey and Cromer said in earlier comments to the media, as well as in closed-door discussions with senior college athletics last fall, months in the making. Telegraphed.Many of these recommendations are expected to take several years to be approved. Given the intent and purpose of impacting college sports on the average fan, many of the changes are unidentifiable.

As previously speculated, Division I will not be reduced in size or split into multiple tiers.

“We also made some important early choices to maintain the ‘big tent’ approach of Division I.” the report said. “While the breadth and diversity of Division I present challenges, it is also a fundamental part of the magic that is college sport. Breaking Division I apart is important and essential for college sports, and as long as we can meet the minimum expectations in terms of the support that colleges provide, ultimately we will have as many student-athletes as possible competing in Division I national championships. I hope to start each season with the dream of

On football, the committee asked to consider the attendance requirements for participating in FBS. “While judging the appropriateness of maintaining current attendance standards, we focus on other factors that directly link the student-athlete experience to expectations for standards of FBS membership. We need to focus on establishing more effective distinctions between football subdivisions, established by the Board, involving FBS membership experts and key leaders.”

Ultimately, the Commission opposed recommending that college football be kept out of legislation under the jurisdiction of the NCAA. Throughout 2022, there has been a persistent curiosity that the sport will leave the NCAA entirely, but that’s not part of the calculation here.

Recommendations are not orders and will be voted on by the Division I Board at the annual NCAA convention next week in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the main points of change the commission hopes to make, leading the report, is “improved support for the mental, physical, and academic well-being of student-athletes.” If this recommendation is approved, all DI institutions will be required to have health insurance coverage for all injuries related to college sports activities, including for the first two years after graduation.

The committee also recommended strengthening and expanding benefits for college athletics, including financial support, travel expenses, meals, and various other day-to-day benefits.

The Commission also encourages sports to allow self-government. This reduces the autonomy of the rules and guidelines that weave all sports across the DI. This means that women’s field her hockey can consider and enact its own set of rules, distinct from men’s soccer, women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.

Common across Division I are the standards and expectations that support and enhance the collegiate athlete experience.

It is also recommended to allow more NCAA revenues to support schools that need to meet redefined specifications regarding student-athlete health. For many universities, securing the necessary resources for these recommendations will require an influx of funding that those schools do not currently have.

The Commission recommended that the NCAA examine how revenues are distributed across DIs and update any changes to funding methods. For decades, his NCAA tournament in the men’s was the only money making in the NCAA. SCHOOLS AND CONFERENCES IN MARCH Madness has determined the amounts split between all leagues on a multi-year basis. That system may change in the future.

The committee also recommended greater student-athlete representation in decision-making for all DI sports. Under these new guidelines, all college athletes are entitled to four years of scholarships, whether or not they transfer schools, and after someone graduates early from college, they will be eligible for scholarships in ten years. You are entitled to a degree. they chose.

The phrase “name, image and likeness” appears five times in the Commission’s report, all references to issues surrounding educational activities and/or litigation. There is no set of standards for NIL that is included in the committee’s work here. The NCAA wants the national standard to be determined by Congress, but many in college athletics are cynical about the chances of that happening.

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