INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is convening an educational summit to further explore the changing landscape of network broadcasting arrangements on programming that may include youth sports or educational activities.
The NCAA has sent invitations to conferences and schools with which it has had communication on this topic, including the Big Ten Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Pac-12 Conference, and the University of Texas at Austin.
The National Federation of State High School Associations and broadcasting experts have been invited as well, and other invitations may be extended to attend the one-day summit Aug. 22 in Indianapolis.
“This event is a continuation of the ongoing dialogue and review we have been engaged in with our members as they have created conference- and institutional-branded networks,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.
“Current network arrangements differ significantly in many ways, including issues of ownership and control, and we are committed to engaging in a comprehensive review to ensure that all member institutions are treated appropriately.”
Lennon noted that NCAA bylaws adopted in the past did not contemplate the creation of institutional and conference networks that could include programming involving youth sports and other high school activities.
The summit’s discussion items will include education on the scope of the NCAA legislation that may be impacted and on the various technology that might be used to broadcast events. Discussion also will cover the currently available technology already broadcasting such events and the use of and interaction with high school or other personnel for broadcasting or advertising.
More specific topics will include how new television networks may impact NCAA bylaws governing amateurism and recruiting.