NCAA, AP hope to profit from photos

February 12, 2009
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NCAAThe NCAA and The Associated Press this week announced a three-year content partnership making AP the worldwide distributor of NCAA Championship photography and creating the largest collection anywhere of collegiate sports photos. Under the agreement, AP Images will serve as the NCAA's exclusive photo licensing agent, including retail sales of archival photos, for all NCAA Championships and events.

AP Images, a commercial division of The Associated Press, is one of the world’s largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery, with millions of images and a variety of content partners, including Ebony and Jet, the international photojournalist collective VII, and NBC Universal, among others.

“In partnership with Rich Clarkson and Associates, the NCAA has compiled an archive of photos representing the greatest moments in NCAA Championship history,” said Greg Weitekamp, NCAA director of broadcasting. “Combine the history of the NCAA photo archives with the depth of photos compiled by AP Images over the last 100 years, and the NCAA and the AP Images partnership will create the single greatest collection of collegiate sports photos.”

Rich Clarkson and Associates, which has served as the NCAA official photographer since 1994 and has covered the NCAA Men's Final Four since 1952, will continue to provide the NCAA with photography services for all 88 NCAA championships for the next three years. The new agreement between the NCAA and AP Images will allow the NCAA to include NCAA photos in the AP Images archives, where they will then be made available for editorial and commercial use. In addition, the partnership will provide the NCAA with access to AP Images' archive of NCAA photography.

The partnership with the NCAA, headquartered in Indianapolis, will also include a consumer outlet at, where consumers will be able to purchase photos. NCAA Championship photos will be available on the site.
  • I think it's really great that the NCAA has teamed up with the AP and is finally going stop exploiting young men. It's nice to see them finally sharing the wealth with the kids who they make a mint off of year after year.

    Oh wait...that's not the plan?!?

    Well then maybe the NCAA member schools that will receive this money will use it to help lower tuition for the other students.

    No? Not the plan either? They are still raising tuition at many times the rate of inflation?!?

    Oh, I see, it's just more money for the universities to waste on overpriced facilities and ridiculous salaries while still not paying the players a stipend costing them a small portion of the money the athletes bring in.
  • Somehow getting a free education and free room and board, at a cost of $13,000 to $30,000 a year seems to make up for not getting a small stipend. I worked harder while in college to pay for my education than any athlete and still graduated with student loans. I get tired of hearing athletes cry that they should get paid.
  • That's probably because the education isn't valued.

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