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NCAA Members Support Big-Conference Autonomy

San Diego — The big takeaway from Friday’s governance discussions here at the NCAA convention was the majority support for allowing the wealthiest five conferences to have more autonomy over such decisions as increasing player benefits.

In a room where nearly half of the people represented the wealthiest 11 leagues, 58 percent endorsed letting the five richest conferences operate more independently on certain issues.

Thanks to a series of electronic-polling questions, the discussions yielded a bunch more interesting results on topics including student representation on board subcommittees (67 percent of attendees approved) and the outsourcing of NCAA enforcement (45 percent said yes).

Below, my colleague Nick DeSantis has compiled some of the more interesting tweets that highlight the poll results and the chatter around them, which tell a story in themselves.

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