Big 12 Commissioner Backs New Benefits Short of Payments for Athletes

Big 12 Commissioner Backs New Benefits Short of Payments for Athletes 1

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Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference: "I do think that it's time to look at the definition of amateurism. But any definition of amateurism needs to take into account that it is amateurism within the realm of higher education."

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Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference: "I do think that it's time to look at the definition of amateurism. But any definition of amateurism needs to take into account that it is amateurism within the realm of higher education."

Three months ago, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference emerged as a leading voice in the makeover of the NCAA's top division, calling for "transformative change" in the association and its governing structure.

Since then, Bob Bowlsby and his fellow commissioners have led efforts to create a more diverse Division I leadership model and have begun discussions