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National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Collegiate Athletic Association
Abbreviation NCAA
Formation March 31, 1906 (1906-03-31) (IAAUS)[1]
1910 (NCAA)
Legal status Association
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Region served United States and Canada[2]
Membership 1,281 schools, conferences, or other associations
President Mark Emmert
Main organ Executive Committee
Website NCAA official website
NCAA administrative website

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a Indianapolis, Indiana.

In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I, Division II, and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention. Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport. Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships. Generally, larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978. Subsequently the term "Division I-AAA" was briefly added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer officially used by the NCAA.[3] In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were respectively renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).


  • History 1
  • Headquarters 2
  • Structure 3
    • Presidents of the NCAA 3.1
    • Division history 3.2
  • NCAA sponsored sports 4
    • Sports added and dropped 4.1
  • Championships 5
    • Trophies 5.1
    • Football Bowl Subdivision 5.2
  • Hall of Champions 6
  • Awards 7
  • Conferences 8
    • Division I conferences 8.1
    • Division I FCS football-only conferences 8.2
    • Division I hockey-only conferences 8.3
    • Division II conferences 8.4
    • Division III conferences 8.5
    • Division III football-only conferences 8.6
  • Media 9
    • Football television controversy 9.1
  • Eligibility 10
  • Rules violations 11
    • Division I FBS institutions on probation 11.1
    • Division I FCS institutions on probation 11.2
    • Division I non-football institutions on probation 11.3
    • Division II institutions on probation 11.4
    • Division III institutions on probation 11.5
  • Subsidiaries 12
  • Sponsors 13
  • Criticisms 14
  • Other collegiate athletic organizations 15
    • In the United States 15.1
    • Foreign intercollegiate/interuniversity equivalents 15.2
    • International governing body 15.3
  • See also 16
  • References 17
  • Further reading 18
  • External links 19


The history of collegiate sports in American life can be traced from Native Americans-who engaged in perhaps the first team sport on the continent, lacrosse-to the games and sports brought to North America by immigrants, especially Europeans, who settled in the New World. Inter-collegiate sports in the US began in 1852 when crews from Harvard and Yale met in a challenge race in the sport of rowing. As rowing remained the preeminent sport in the country into the late-1800s, many of the initial debates about collegiate athletic eligibility and purpose were settled through organizations like the Rowing Association of American Colleges and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. As other sports emerged, notably football and basketball, many of these same concepts and standards were adopted. Football, in particular, began to emerge as a marquee sport, but the rules of the game itself were in constant flux and often had to be adapted for each contest.

The NCAA dates its formation to two White House conferences convened by President

  • Official website
  • NCAA administrative website

External links

  • Carter, W. Burlette (2006). "The Age of Innocence: The First 25 Years of the NCAA, 1906-1931" (PDF). Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology 8 (2): 211–91. 
  • Carter, W. Burlette (2000). "Student Athlete Welfare in a Restructured NCAA" (PDF). Virginia Journal of Sports and the Law 8 (1): 1–103. 
  • Carter, W. Burlette (2002). "Sounding the Death Knell for In Loco Parentis" (PDF). Indiana Law Review 35 (3): 851–923. 

Further reading

  1. ^ a b c d e "About the NCAA History". NCAA. Retrieved August 17, 2011. President Theodore Roosevelt summoned college athletics leaders to two White House conferences to encourage reforms. In early December 1905, Chancellor Henry M. MacCracken of New York University convened a meeting of 13 institutions to initiate changes in football playing rules. At a subsequent meeting December 28 in New York City, 62 colleges and universities became charter members of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS). The IAAUS officially was constituted March 31, 1906, and took its present name, the NCAA, in 1910. 
  2. ^ "Simon Fraser University approved to join NCAA D II". October 7, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ "NCAA History". NCAA. 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f NCAA History between 1910 and 1980
  5. ^  
  6. ^ O'Toole, Thomas (September 1, 2009). "NCAA welcomes Simon Fraser, first Canadian member school". USA Today. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lemire, Joe (August 5, 2009). "Canadian school's admittance to NCAA may change rules up north". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Growth of NCAA Apparent; But Optimism Stll Abounds" (PDF). NCAA News. June 15, 1973. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ NCAA will move in 1989 to Overland Park, Kansas - NCAA News - May 4, 1988
  10. ^ a b c "Final Four: Indianapolis competes with Dallas, Denver and Kansas City for the NCAA's new headquarters". Indiana Business Magazine. March 1, 1997. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ "NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis to open July 26". NCAA. July 15, 1999. 
  12. ^ a b c Lapointe, Joe (October 11, 2002). "The N.C.A.A. Selects Brand As Its Chief". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ Wieberg, Steve (September 16, 2009). "NCAA president Myles Brand dies after battle with cancer".  
  14. ^ Senior VP Jim Isch named interim president Isch pledges to further Brand's focus, NCAA News, September 22, 2009
  15. ^ a b c NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report, October 2011,
  16. ^ Karen Owoc, Title IX and Its Effect on Men's Collegiate Athletics,
  17. ^ "Summary of NCAA Championships" (PDF). Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b The Best Female and Best Male College Basketball and Best College Football Player ESPY Awards – awarded from 1993 to 2001 – were absorbed in 2002 by the Best Female and Best Male College Athlete ESPY Awards.
  19. ^ "NCAA Awards". NCAA official website. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ For a list of recipients of each salute, go to the following webpage and scroll down to "NCAA Honor Roll". and Events/Awards/Honors Program/ "NCAA Honors Celebration". NCAA official website. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  21. ^ NCAA Broadcast Information -
  22. ^ "EA Sports Didn't Need the NCAA's Logo, and Maybe It Didn't Want It". Kotaku. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  23. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (July 17, 2013). "NCAA Will Not Renew WA Sports Contract".  
  24. ^ NCAA Refuses to Put TV Issue Up to U.S., The Pittsburgh Press, June 13, 1951, p 31.
  25. ^ Smith, R. A. (2001). Play-by-play: Radio, television, and big-time college sport.
  27. ^ a b Hishinuma and Fremstad, 589–591
  28. ^ 2009–2010 Guide for the College Bound Athletes
  29. ^ "Football recruiting now a 24/7/365 event". ESPN. October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  30. ^ a b Elkin, Ali (August 17, 2011). "NCAA's stricter academic rules: What does it mean for your team?". This Just In (blog). CNN. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  31. ^ "NCAA News Release; Baylor University, Former Basketball Coaches Penalized for Multiple Violations of NCAA Rules". Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  32. ^ a b c d e NCAA document February 19, 2010.
  33. ^ Erick Smith, USC 'vehemently' disagrees with NCAA's rejection of appeal, USA Today, May 26, 2011
  34. ^ "South Carolina Gets Three Years of Probation for NCAA Violations- Bloomberg". April 28, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  35. ^ "NCAA Invests in Largest Officiating Management Organizations in Amateur Sports". September 25, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  36. ^ NCAA invests in officiating companies
  37. ^ "NCAA Corporate Champions and Corporate Partners". December 14, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  38. ^ Georgia lineman Kolton Houston is still waiting to play after 2010 PED mistake. (May 31, 2013). Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  39. ^ "Naked in Nebraska: a wrestler's story". ESPN. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  40. ^ "Crack Baby Athletic Association (Season 15, Episode 5) - Full Episode Player". South Park Studios. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  41. ^ " - Frank Deford - NPR's Frank Deford: The NCAA, is Membership Worth It? - Wednesday April 11, 2012". 
  42. ^ Rick Reilly (August 6, 2003). "Corrupting Our Utes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  43. ^ "White v NCAA". NCAA. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  44. ^ "NCPA now homepage". Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  45. ^ Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian (July 12, 2013). "Oregon State baseball: It's 'Christmas on July 12' as pitchers Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz announce they're coming back for senior seasons". Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  46. ^ a b "Ben Wetzler, draft pick that Phillies reportedly told NCAA on, suspended". February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  47. ^ Eggers, Kerry (February 14, 2014). "NCAA suspends Oregon State pitcher". Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  48. ^ Axson, Scooby (February 14, 2014). "Report: Phillies turn in Oregon State's Ben Wetzler to NCAA for using an agent". Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  49. ^ Snyder, Matt (June 11, 2008). "Ben Wetzler suspended for 20 percent of Oregon State's season". Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  50. ^ Letourneau, Connor (February 27, 2014). "Oregon State rundown: Pat Casey, other Beavers discuss Ben Wetzler's return". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  51. ^ David Porter (March 17, 2014), Lawsuit seeks to end NCAA's 'unlawful cartel', Associated press 
  52. ^ Scott Soshnick (Mar 17, 2014), NCAA, Top Conferences Called a Cartel in Player Pay Suit, Bloomberg 
  53. ^ Jamieson, Dave (2014-03-26). "Northwestern Football Players Win First Round In Union Battle". Huff Post. 


See also

International governing body

Foreign intercollegiate/interuniversity equivalents

In the United States

The NCAA is the dominant, but not the only, collegiate athletic organization in the United States. Several other such collegiate athletic organizations exist.

Other collegiate athletic organizations

  • Todd McNair vs. NCAA case is at the appellate level. The NCAA sought to dismiss McNair's defamation claims, but the trial judge ruled in favor of McNair. In doing so, the judge had some pretty strong words, including calling the actions of NCAA investigators "over the top" and saying that internal NCAA e-mails "tend to show ill will or hatred" toward McNair. The NCAA will not unseal all of the documents in the McNair lawsuit. The New York Times and Los Angeles Times are asking the courts to open them. McNair was USC's running back coach and was a key individual in the NCAA investigation of Reggie Bush at USC.
  • Ben Wetzler, a baseball player for Oregon State University, was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Wetzler did not sign, opting to return to Oregon State for his senior year.[45] The Phillies reported Wetlzer and Jason Monda of the University of Washington, their sixth round pick who also did not sign, to the NCAA for violating the rule against using a sports agent during financial negotiations, which is "something that reportedly happens all the time".[46][47][48] The NCAA suspended Wetzler for 11 games, which is 20% of the Beavers' season.[46][49] He is scheduled to make his season debut on March 2 against the Wright State Raiders.[50]
  • In March 2014, four players represented by sports attorney Jeffrey L. Kessler filed a class action antitrust lawsuit, alleging that the NCAA and its five dominant conferences are an "unlawful cartel". The suit charges that NCAA caps on the value of athletic scholarships have "illegally restricted the earning power of football and men’s basketball players while making billions off their labor".[51] Tulane University Sports Law Program Director Gabe Feldman called the suit "an instantly credible threat to the NCAA."[52]
  • The NCAA refusing to treat players as employees and paying them has been a topic of debate. Recently Northwestern University’s Division one Football team was the first NCAA team to unionize.[53]
  1. Raising the scholarship amount
  2. Holding schools responsible for their players' sports-related medical injuries
  3. Increasing graduation rates.[44]
  • In 1998, the NCAA settles a lawsuit from former UNLV basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, for $2.5 million. Tarkanian sued the NCAA after he was forced to resign from UNLV in 1992. The suit claimed the agency singled him out while he was at UNLV from 1973 to 1992. During that time the university was penalized three different times by the NCAA. Tarkanian said "They can never, ever, make up for all the pain and agony they caused me. All I can say is that for 25 years they beat the hell out of me". The NCAA said that it regretted the long battle and it now has more understanding of Tarkanian's position and that the case has changed the enforcement process for the better.
  • In 2005, a King County Court ordered the NCAA to pay fired Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel $2.5 million. At issue was whether those questioned by NCAA investigators must be notified of the purpose of the interview. It turned out the NCAA had amended its bylaws to require such notification six weeks before Neuheisel's June 2003 interview. The finding seemed to bolster Neuheisel's argument that NCAA investigators acted improperly, since they hadn't advised him they would ask about his gambling in an auction-style pool on NCAA basketball games.
  • In 2013, Jay Bilas revealed through Twitter that the NCAA was taking advantage of individual players through jersey sales in its store. The NCAA took down player jersey sales immediately following the incident.
  • In 2013, the NCAA was criticized for denying [38]
  • In 2012, the NCAA was criticized for implementing penalties and bowl suspensions to the Pennsylvania State University and football program without performing an investigation, for overstepping the NCAA bounds of athletic related rules infractions and disallowing any possible appeal as per the NCAA processes and procedures allow.
  • In 2009, the NCAA was criticized for suspending Paul Donahoe's NCAA eligibility after it was made public that he had appeared on pornography web site Fratmen.[39]
  • The creators of South Park, in the episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association" (s15e05), made oblique reference to the NCAA and compared its rules to slavery.[40]
  • Several people, notably including former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, and NPR's Frank Deford, have criticized the NCAA for its inflexibility.[41][42]
  • Former NCAA President Walter Byers, in his book Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Exploiting College Athletes, summarizes his criticisms of the NCAA's operation by stating that "Today the NCAA Presidents Commission is preoccupied with tightening a few loose bolts in a worn machine, firmly committed to the neo-plantation belief that the enormous proceeds from college games belong to the overseers (administrators) and supervisors (coaches). The plantation workers performing in the arena may only receive those benefits authorized by the overseers."
  • After losing the 1953 case The University of Denver v. Nemeth, where it was found that a student and athlete was owed workers' compensation, it has been argued that the NCAA created the term "student-athlete." Andrew Zimbalist, in his book Unpaid Professionals (1999), claims the portmanteau was invented to prevent similar future litigation losses.
  • In 2007, the case of White et al. v. NCAA was brought by former NCAA student-athletes Jason White, Brian Pollack, Jovan Harris, and Chris Craig as a class action lawsuit. They argued that the NCAA's current limits on a full scholarship or Grant in Aid was a violation of federal antitrust laws. Their reasoning was that in the absence of such a limit, NCAA member schools would be free to offer any financial aid packages they desired to recruit the student and athlete. The NCAA settled before a ruling by the court, by agreeing to set up the Former Student-Athlete Fund to "assist qualified candidates applying for receipt of career development expenses and/or reimbursement of educational expenses under the terms of the agreement with plaintiffs in a federal antitrust lawsuit." More information about this settlement is available at the NCAA.[43]
  • The National Collegiate Players Association (NCPA) is a group started by former UCLA football players with the purpose of organizing student-athletes. Their goal is to change NCAA rules they view as unjust. Today, this continues by doing the following:

Numerous criticisms have been lodged against the NCAA. These include:


  • AT&T, Coca-Cola, and CapitalOne are NCAA Corporate Champions. Other sponsors are NCAA Corporate Partners.[37]
Company Category Since
AT&T Wireless services 2001
Coca-Cola Non-alcoholic beverages 2002
The Hartford Mutual funds and related financial services 2004
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Car rental 2005
Lowe's Home improvement 2005
CapitalOne Banking and credit cards 2008
Kraft (Planters) Snack foods 2008
Hershey's (Reese's) Candy 2009
LG Electronics 2009
UPS Package delivery and logistics 2009
Nissan (Infiniti) Car & parts 2010
Unilever Personal-care products 2010


The NCAA runs the officiating software company ArbiterSports, based in Sandy, Utah, a joint venture between two subsidiaries of the NCAA, Arbiter LLC and eOfficials LLC. The NCAA has said their objective is for the venture to help improve the fairness, quality, and consistency of officiating across amateur athletics.[35][36]


Institution Sport(s) Expiration Date
California Institute of Technology Men's Track and Field, Women's Track and Field, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Women's Swimming, Baseball, Men's Fencing, Women's Fencing, Men's Soccer, Men's Water Polo, Men's Basketball, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis July 11, 2015
Illinois College Football, Men's Golf, Men's & Women's Swimming August 2015
State University of New York at Potsdam Men's Ice Hockey, Women's Ice Hockey, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball April 2016
Kean University Women's Basketball, Men's & Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball April 18, 2016
Fontbonne University Women's Basketball, Men's Lacrosse Unknown
Baruch College Women's Basketball Unknown
[32]The following Division III institutions are currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports:

Division III institutions on probation

Institution Sport(s) Expiration Date
Henderson State University Women's Basketball July 28, 2016
Chadron State College Football November 5, 2016
Clark Atlanta University Men's Basketball, Women's Tennis January 23, 2017
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Entire Program August 20, 2019
[32]The following Division II institutions are currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports:

Division II institutions on probation

Institution Sport(s) Expiration Date
Saint Mary's College of California Men's Basketball February 28, 2017
[32]The following Division I non-football institutions are currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports:

Division I non-football institutions on probation

Institution Sport(s) Expiration Date
Texas Southern University Baseball, Men's & Women's Basketball, Bowling, Men's & Women's Cross Country, Football, Men's & Women's Golf, Women's Soccer, Softball, Men's & Women's Track & Field, Women's Volleyball October 8, 2017
[32]The following Division I-FCS institutions are currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports:

Division I FCS institutions on probation

Institution Sport(s) Expiration Date
University of Southern California Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Tennis 2014
University of South Carolina Football 2014[34]
University of Central Florida Football 2014
Baylor University Men's Basketball & Women's Basketball April 10, 2015
Ohio State University Football 2015
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Football 2015
University of Oregon Football June 25, 2016
University of Southern Mississippi Men's Tennis January 29, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology Men's Basketball June 13, 2017
Pennsylvania State University Football 2017
University of Miami Football, Men's Basketball 2017
[33][32]The following Division I Football Bowl Subdivision institutions are currently on probation by the NCAA in one or more sports:

Division I FBS institutions on probation

Additionally, in particularly egregious cases of rules violations, coaches, athletic directors, and athletic support staff can be barred from working for any NCAA member school without permission from the NCAA. This procedure is known as a "show-cause penalty" (not to be confused with an order to show cause in the legal sense).[31] Theoretically, a school can hire someone with a "show cause" on their record during the time the show cause order is in effect only with permission from the NCAA Infractions Committee. The school assumes the risks and stigma of hiring such a person. It may then end up being sanctioned by the NCAA and the Infractions Committee for their choice, possibly losing athletic scholarships, revenue from schools who would not want to compete with that other school, and the ability for their games to be televised, along with restrictions on recruitment and practicing times. As a result, a show-cause order essentially has the effect of blackballing individuals from being hired for the duration of the order.

In cases of particularly egregious misconduct, the NCAA has the power to ban a school from participating in a particular sport, a penalty known as the "Death Penalty". Since 1985, any school that commits major violations during the probationary period can be banned from the sport involved for up to two years. However, when the NCAA opts not to issue a death penalty for a repeat violation, it must explain why it did not do so. This penalty has only been imposed three times in its modern form, most notably when Southern Methodist University's football team had its 1987 season canceled due to massive rules violations dating back more than a decade. SMU opted not to field a team in 1988 as well due to the aftershocks from the sanctions, and the program has never recovered; it has only four winning seasons and four bowl appearance since then (mostly under June Jones, the team's head coach from 2008 until his resignation during the 2014 season). The devastating effect the death penalty had on SMU has reportedly made the NCAA skittish about issuing another one. Since the SMU case, there are only three instances where the NCAA has seriously considered imposing it against a Division I school; it imposed it against Division II Morehouse College's men's soccer team in 2003 and Division III MacMurray College's men's tennis team in 2005. In addition to these cases, the most recently division I school to be considered was Penn State. This because of the Jerry Sandusky Incident that consequently almost landed Penn State on the hook for the Death Penalty. They received a 60 million dollar fine, in addition to forfeited seasons and other sanctions as well.

Findings of the Committee on Infractions and the resultant sanctions in major cases are reported to the institution. Sanctions will generally include having the institution placed on "probation" for a period of time, in addition to other penalties. The institution may appeal the findings or sanctions to an appeals committee. After considering written reports and oral presentations by representatives of the Committee on Infractions and the institution, the committee acts on the appeal. Action may include accepting the infractions committee's findings and penalty, altering either, or making its own findings and imposing an appropriate penalty.

Allegations of rules violations are referred to the NCAA's investigative staff. A preliminary investigation is initiated to determine if an official inquiry is warranted and to categorize any resultant violations as secondary or major. If several violations are found, the NCAA may determine that the school as a whole has exhibited a "lack of institutional control." The institution involved is notified promptly and may appear in its own behalf before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Member schools pledge to follow the rules promulgated by the NCAA. Creation of a mechanism to enforce the NCAA's legislation occurred in 1952 after careful consideration by the membership.

Rules violations

As of 2011, a high school student may sign a letter of intent to enter and play football for a college only after the first Wednesday in February.[29] In August 2011, the NCAA announced plans to raise academic requirements for postseason competition, including its two most prominent competitions, football's now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (replaced in 2014 by the College Football Playoff) and the Men's Division I Basketball Championship; the new requirement, which are based on an "academic progress rate" (APR) that measures retention and graduation rates, and is calculated on a four-year, rolling basis.[30] The changes raise the rate from 900 to 930, which represents a 50% graduation rate.[30]

To meet the requirements for grade point average and SAT scores students the lowest possible GPA a student may be eligible with is a 1.700 with an SAT score of 1400. The lowest SAT score a student may be eligible with is 700 with a GPA of 2.500.[27]

The 16 academic credits are four courses in English, two courses in math, two classes in social science, two in natural or physical science, and one additional course in English, math, natural or physical science, or another academic course such as a foreign language.[28]

To participate in college athletics in their freshman year the NCAA states that students must meet three requirements: graduate from high school, complete the minimum required academic courses, and have qualifying grade-point average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores.[27]


In September 1982, the district court found in favor of the plaintiffs, ruling that the plan violated antitrust laws. It enjoined the Association from enforcing the contract. The NCAA appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court, but lost in 1984 in the 7–2 ruling NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma.[26] (If the television contracts the NCAA had with ABC, CBS, and ESPN had remained in effect for the 1984 season, they would have generated some $73.6 million for the Association and its members.)

By the 1980s, Oklahoma. The plaintiffs stated that the NCAA's football television plan constituted price fixing, output restraints, boycott, and monopolizing, all of which were illegal under the Sherman Act. The NCAA argued that its pro-competitive and non-commercial justifications for the plan – protection of live gate, maintenance of competitive balance among NCAA member institutions, and creation of a more attractive "product" to compete with other forms of entertainment – combined to make the plan reasonable.

In the late 1940s there were only two colleges in the country with a national TV contract, a considerable source of revenue. In 1951, the NCAA voted to prohibit any live TV broadcast of college football games during the season. No sooner had the NCAA voted to ban television than public outcry forced it to retreat. Instead, the NCAA voted to restrict the number of televised games for each team to stop the slide in gate attendance. Harold Stassen, president of the University of Pennsylvania, defied the monopoly and signed a $200,000 contract with ABC. Eventually Penn was forced to back down when the NCAA, refusing Penn's request that the U.S. Attorney General rule on the legality of the NCAA's restrictive plan,[24][25] threatened to expel the Quakers from the association.

Football television controversy

From 1998 to 2013, Electronic Arts had a license to develop college sports video games with the NCAA's branding, which included its NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball (formerly NCAA March Madness) series. The NCAA's licensing was not required to produce the games, as rights to use teams are not licensed through the NCAA, but through entities such as individual schools and the Collegiate Licensing Company. EA only acquired the license so that it could officially incorporate the Men's Division I Basketball Championship into its college basketball game series. The NCAA withdrew EA's license due to uncertainties surrounding a series of lawsuits, most notably O'Bannon v. NCAA, involving the use of player likenesses in college sports video games.[22][23]

WestwoodOne has exclusive radio rights to the men's and women's basketball Final Fours to the men's College World Series (baseball). DirecTV has an exclusive package expanding CBS' coverage of the men's basketball tournament.

  • CBS: Men's basketball (NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, with Turner Sports, and NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament), track and field, ice hockey (women's division I)
  • ESPN: Women's basketball (all divisions), baseball, softball, ice hockey (men's division I), football (all divisions including Div. I FCS), soccer (division I for both sexes)
  • Turner Sports: NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament with CBS

The NCAA has current media rights contracts with CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN Plus, and Turner Sports for coverage of its 88 championships. According to the official NCAA website,[21] ESPN and its associated networks have rights to 21 championships, CBS to 67, and Turner Sports to one. The following are the most prominent championships and rightsholders:


Division III football-only conferences

Division III conferences

Division II conferences

Division I hockey-only conferences

Division I FCS football-only conferences

Note: FBS conferences in football are denoted with an asterisk (*)
Note: FCS conferences in football are denoted with two asterisks (**)

Division I conferences

See also: List of NCAA conferences and List of non-NCAA conferences


In previous years, the NCAA has presented the following awards at its NCAA Honors event: Astronaut Salute, Business Leader Salute, Congressional Medal of Honor Salute, Governor Salute, Olympians Salute, Performing Arts Salute, Presidents Cabinet Salute, Prominent National Media Salute, Special Recognition Awards, U.S. House of Representatives Salute, and U.S. Senate Salute.[20]

  • NCAA Award of Valor (not given every year); selection is based on heroic action occurring in the academic year.
  • NCAA Gerald R. Ford Award, honoring an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics.
  • NCAA Inspiration Award (not given every year); selection is based on inspirational action.
  • NCAA Sportsmanship Award, honoring student-athletes who have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship.
  • NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award, the highest honor that the NCAA can confer on an individual.
  • NCAA Woman of the Year Award, honoring a senior student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
  • Elite 89 Award, honoring the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA who has reached the competition at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 men's and women's championships (in Divisions I, II, and III, plus "National Collegiate" championships open to schools from more than one division).
  • Silver Anniversary Awards, honoring six distinguished former student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of their college graduation.
  • The Flying Wedge Award, one of the NCAA's highest honors exemplifying outstanding leadership and service to the NCAA.
  • Today's Top 10 Award, honoring ten outstanding senior student-athletes.
  • Walter Byers Scholarship, honoring the top male and female scholar-athletes.

The NCAA presents a number of different individual awards, including:

See also: Academic All-America, Best Female College Athlete ESPY Award,[18] Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award,[18] Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Honda Sports Award, College baseball awards, and Sports Illustrated 2009 all-decade honors (college basketball & football)
See footnote[19]


2006 NCAA championship banners hang from the ceiling of the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis.

Hall of Champions

Starting in 2014, the College Football Playoff – an association of the conferences and independent schools that compete in Division I FBS and five bowl games – has arranged to place the top four teams (based on a thirteen-member committee that seeds and selects the teams similarly to the Final Four) into two semifinal bowl games and the winners go on to compete in the College Football Championship Game. The winner of the championship game receives a trophy; since the NCAA awards no national championship for Division I FBS football, this trophy does not denote NCAA as other NCAA college sports national championship trophies do.

The NCAA has never sanctioned an official championship in the highest level of football, now known as Division I FBS. Instead, several outside bodies award their own titles. The NCAA does not hold a championship tournament for Division I FBS football. In the past, the "national championship" went to teams that placed first in any of a number of season-ending media polls, most notable the AP Poll of writers and the Coaches Poll.

Football Bowl Subdivision

As of June 2013,[17] UCLA, Stanford, and Southern California (USC) have the most NCAA championships; UCLA holds the most, winning a combined 112 team championships in men's and women's sports, with USC and Stanford tied for second with 106.

Starting with the 2001–02 season, and again in the 2007–08 season, the trophies were changed. Starting in the 2006 basketball season, teams that make the Final Four in the Division I tournament receive bronze plated "regional championship" trophies upon winning their Regional Championship. The teams that make the National Championship game receive an additional trophy that is gold plated for the winner and silver plated for the runner-up. Starting in the mid-1990s, the National Champions in men's and women's basketball receive an elaborate trophy with a black marble base and crystal "neck" with a removable crystal basketball following the presentation of the standard NCAA Championship trophy.

For every NCAA sanctioned sport other than Division I FBS football, the NCAA awards trophies with gold, silver, and bronze plating for the first, second, and third place teams respectively. In the case of the NCAA basketball tournaments, both semifinalists who did not make the championship game receive bronze plated trophies for third place (prior to 1982 the teams played a "consolation" game to determine third place). Similar trophies are awarded to both semifinalists in the NCAA football tournaments (which are conducted in Division I FCS and both lower divisions), which have never had a third-place game. Winning teams maintain permanent possession of these trophies unless it is later found that they were won via serious rules violations.


NCAA National Championship trophies, rings, and watches won by UCLA teams


Other reports show that 355 college wrestling programs have been eliminated since 2000, and 212 men's gymnastics programs have been eliminated since 1969 with only 17 programs remaining as of 2013.[16]

In women's sports, the sports with the biggest net gains during the 1988–89 to 2010–11 period were soccer (+599 teams), golf, and indoor track and field, while no women's sports programs experienced double-digit net losses.[15] In men's sports, the sports with the biggest net gains during the 1988/89 to 2010/11 period were indoor track and field, lacrosse, and cross-country (each with more than 100 net gains), but the men's sports with the biggest losses were wrestling (-104 teams), tennis, and rifle, and the men's team sport with the most net losses was water polo.[15]

The popularity of each of these sports programs has changed over time. Between 1988–89 and 2010–11, NCAA schools had net additions of 510 men's teams and 2,703 women's teams.[15]

Sports added and dropped

In addition to the above sports, the NCAA currently recognizes four "emerging sports" for women. These sports are recognized by the NCAA, with scholarship limitations for each, but do not currently have officially sanctioned NCAA championships.

  1. ^ Championships in which an individual title(s) is (are) awarded alongside a cumulative team championship.
  2. ^ Championship has been discontinued; also noted with italics


The NCAA has awarded championships in the following sports:

The NCAA currently awards 89 national championships yearly – 44 women's, 42 men's, and coed championships for fencing, rifle, and skiing.

NCAA sponsored sports

Years Division
1906–1955 None
1956–1972 NCAA University Division (Major College), College Division (Small College)
1973–present NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III
1978–2006 NCAA Division I-A, NCAA Division I-AA (Division I football only), Division II, Division III
2006–present NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, Division I Football Championship Subdivision (Division I football only), Division II, Division III

Division history

The NCAA had no full-time administrator until 1951, when Walter Byers was appointed executive director.[1] In 1988, the title was changed to President.[12]

Presidents of the NCAA

Sports sanctioned by the NCAA include the following: basketball, baseball (men), softball (women), football (men), cross country, field hockey (women), bowling (women), golf, fencing (coeducational), lacrosse, soccer, gymnastics, rowing (women only), volleyball, ice hockey, water polo, rifle (coeducational), tennis, skiing (coeducational), track and field, swimming and diving, and wrestling (men).

The NCAA's legislative structure is broken down into cabinets and committees, consisting of various representatives of its member schools. These may be broken down further into sub-committees. Legislation is then passed on, which oversees all the cabinets and committees, and also includes representatives from the schools, such as athletic directors and faculty advisors. Management Council legislation goes on to the Board of Directors, which consists of school presidents, for final approval. The NCAA staff provides support, acting as guides, liaisons, researchers, and public and media relations.


In 1999, the NCAA moved its 300 member staff to its new headquarters in the White River State Park in a four-story 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility on the west edge of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Adjacent to the headquarters is the 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) NCAA Hall of Champions.[11]

The 50,000-seat RCA Dome far eclipsed the 17,000-seat Kemper Arena.

Indianapolis argued that it was in fact more central than Kansas City in that two thirds of the members are east of the Mississippi River.[10]

Kansas City proposed to relocate the NCAA back downtown near the Crown Center complex and would locate the visitors' centre in Union Station. However Kansas City's main sports venue Kemper Arena was nearly 30 years old.[10]

Various cities competed for a new headquarters with the two finalists being Kansas City and Indianapolis.

In 1997, it asked for bids for a new headquarters.

The NCAA was dissatisfied with its Johnson County, Kansas suburban location noting that its location on the south edges of the Kansas City suburbs was more than 40 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. They also noted that the suburban location was not drawing visitors to its new visitors' centre.[10]

In 1989, it moved 6 miles (9.7 km) farther south to 6201 College Boulevard in Overland Park, Kansas. The new building was on 11.35 acres (45,900 m2) and had 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of space.[9]

In 1973, it moved to 6299 Nall at Shawnee Mission Parkway in suburban Mission, Kansas in a $1.2 million building on 3.4 acres (14,000 m2).

In 1964, it moved three blocks away to offices in the Midland Theatre.

The Fairmount office consisted of three rooms with no air conditioning. Byers' staff consisted of four people: an assistant, two secretaries, and a bookkeeper.[8]

After Byers moved to Kansas City, the championships would be held in Municipal in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1961, and 1964.

The Fairmount was a block from Municipal Auditorium which had hosted Final Four games in 1940, 1941, and 1942.

The modern era of the NCAA began in July 1952 when its executive director, Chicago (where its offices were shared by the headquarters of the Big Ten Conference) to the Fairmount Building at 101 West 11th Street in Downtown Kansas City. The move was intended to separate the NCAA from direct influence of any individual conference and to keep it centrally located.

The current NCAA headquarters office in Indianapolis


In 2009, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada became the NCAA's first non-US member institution.[6][7]

In 1999, the NCAA was sued for discriminating against female athletes under Title IX for systematically giving men in graduate school more waivers than woman to participate in college sports. In National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA was not subject to that law, without reviewing the merits of the discrimination claim.[5]

Until the 1980s, the association did not offer women's athletics. Instead an organization named the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) governed women's collegiate sports in the United States. By 1982, however, all divisions of the NCAA offered national championship events for women's athletics and most members of the AIAW joined the NCAA. A year later in 1983, the 75th Convention approved an expansion to plan women's athletic program services and pushed for a women's championship program.[4]

As college athletics grew, the scope of the nation's athletics programs diverged, forcing the NCAA to create a structure that recognized varying levels of emphasis. In 1973, the Association's membership was divided into three legislative and competitive divisions – I, II, and III. Five years later in 1978, Division I members voted to create subdivisions I-A and I-AA (renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Football Championship Subdivision in 2007) in football.[4]

Byers wasted no time placing his stamp on the Association. A program to control live television of football games was approved, the annual Convention delegated enforcement powers to the Association's Council, and legislation was adopted governing postseason bowl games.[4]

The complexity of those problems and the growth in membership and championships demonstrated the need for full-time professional leadership. Walter Byers, previously a part-time executive assistant, was named executive director in 1951, and a national headquarters was established in Kansas City, Missouri in 1952.[4]

A series of crises brought the NCAA to a crossroads after World War II. The "Sanity Code" – adopted to establish guidelines for recruiting and financial aid – failed to curb abuses. Postseason football games were multiplying with little control, and member schools were increasingly concerned about how the new medium of television would affect football attendance.[4]

For several years, the NCAA was a discussion group and rules-making body, but in 1921 the first NCAA national championship was conducted: the National Collegiate Track and Field Championships. Gradually, more rules committees were formed and more championships were created, including a basketball championship in 1939.[4]

[1] The IAAUS was officially established on March 31, 1906, and took its present name, the NCAA, in 1910.[1]

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