NCAA proposal: 4 times the power for 'Power 5' schools

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Changes to the NCAA could give even more influence to the nation's biggest programs.

As the NCAA landscape shifts, representatives from "Power 5" conferences could have greater influence on legislative matters regarding college athletics' top division. Under new governance, a proposed body, tentatively called the Council, would conduct the day-to-day legislative functions of Division I. Each conference would have one representative on the Council with voting rights, but members from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC would have weighted votes, counting as four votes apiece.

Votes from Council members out of the American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt would count twice, and votes from the 22 non-FBS conferences would count once.

In addition to the 32 representatives from Division I conferences, two student-athletes would serve on the Council, and their votes would also count once.

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Via the NCAA.

While individuals from the Power 5 conferences would technically have more influence with their weighted votes, members from other conferences could band together to even out the voting on issues.

New legislative bodies aren't the only potential changes on the horizon for the NCAA. A look at polling data since 2001 shows that support for student-athlete compensation appears to be growing, and players are already making the push toward unionization. Should a legitimate union form, it could, among other things, do away with the rule stipulating a player must sit out one year after transferring.

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