NCAA extends president Mark Emmert’s contract

Apr 4, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; NCAA president Mark Emmert speaks during a press conference at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to a unanimous vote of the NCAA’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, NCAA president Mark Emmert had his contract extended through Dec. 31, 2025.

Emmert’s prior deal ran through 2023 with an option for 2024. Only Walter Byers, who ran the NCAA from 1951-88, had a longer run on the job than Emmert, who took over in 2010.

Emmert came under fire this year due to the disparity of amenities provided by the NCAA to the men’s and women’s basketball tournament played in “bubbles” in San Antonio and Indiana, respectively, this spring.

The NCAA continues to face legal and legislative action regarding the ability of student-athletes to profit off their likenesses, and a nationwide payoff scandal involving top men’s basketball recruits rocked the institution in recent years.

Following its quarterly meeting Tuesday, the Board of Governors said in a statement, “The NCAA and its members remain committed to providing a path for student-athletes to benefit from name, image and likeness opportunities. As we have previously noted, we recognize the importance of taking swift, appropriate action to modernize our rules.

“We also must collaborate with Congress to create a legal and legislative framework at the federal level to support name, image and likeness within the context of higher education. With several state laws taking effect this summer, we will continue efforts to adopt expanded name, image and likeness opportunities as soon as advisable.”

In addition, the board moved to clarify its policies regarding campus sexual violence. The topic gained headlines again this year when removed as Kansas’ football coach when details emerged about past sexual-harassment charges leveled against him during his time as LSU’s coach.

–Field Level Media