The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly passed historic reforms Thursday that will give the five biggest conferences, including the Big Ten, the ability to unilaterally change some basic rules governing college sports.
The league announced in a statement signed Tuesday by its 14 presidents that it proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years.
The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy.
In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussions for the Indianapolis-based NCAA, a federal agency said Wednesday that players at Northwestern can unionize.
The NCAA and five top conferences generate billions of dollars in revenue and illegally cap the pay of student athletes, a group of football and basketball players claim in a new lawsuit that seeks to reshape college sports.