NCAA president Mark Emmert envisions smaller role for organization in college sports

By: | July 16, 2021

With the NCAA facing pressure from Congress, the courts and increasingly from its own constituents to reform its role in the day-to-day management of college sports, president Mark Emmert on Thursday proposed a smaller governance role for the NCAA in which the decision-making power on a large swath of issues gets delegated to conferences and schools, or even a re-imagined structure where certain sports are managed separately.

“For decades, 50 years or more, the tendency has been that anytime there’s an issue or concern, it’s been moved up to a national rule,” Emmert told a small group of reporters. “Whether it was something advanced by a school or a conference, it was always kicked up to the national level.

“I’m confident we need to reconsider delegation of a lot of things that are now done at the national level … it should only be at that level if it’s the only place it can get done, if that’s the only place it makes sense to have a rule developed and enforced.”

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