By Adam Roberts – 7/30/2021
I’m about to head out the door for the weekend, but wanted to get in one more notable story that dropped late this afternoon.
The Associated Press is reporting that the NCAA Board of Governors is calling for a constitutional convention in November, during which major reform in governance practices will be discussed. The meeting is held with the hope of reforming how college athletics are managed in the era of Name, Image, and Likeness rights for athletes.
According to the AP: A 22-person Constitution Review Committee with university presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors and students from Divisions I, II and III will be created to redraft the NCAA’s constitutional articles. For comparison, it feels a lot like Vatican II was for the Catholic Church back in the 1960s.
NCAA President Mark Emmert has said in recent weeks that a decentralized version of college sports could be the future. Those words come after all the news surrounding Texas and Oklahoma announcing plans to bolt from the Big 12 for the SEC. Is the era of superconferences closer than we already thought? This development would appear to indicate that it is.