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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The college sports landscape has changed more this summer than at any other point in history, as the NCAA grapples with new rules and shifting power dynamics.

The state of play: When NCAA competition resumes this fall, everyone involved — from student-athletes and coaches, to universities and fans — will be entering a new world.

  • NIL rules: College athletes have only been able to earn money off their fame for a month, and this sea change has already trickled down to high school. Top-ranked QB Quinn Ewers is skipping his senior year to enroll at Ohio State and cash in on NIL, while hoops star Mikey Williams, 17, is now free to sign endorsements.
  • Transfer landscape: New rules introduced in April allow all athletes to transfer once and be immediately eligible, creating college sports' version of free agency and transforming the world of recruiting.
  • Realignment: Texas and Oklahoma will join the SEC by 2025, creating a 16-team super-conference and ushering in "Realignment 2.0." The domino effect: The Big 12 and Pac-12 commissioners met Tuesday amid reports of a potential merger. More buzz: Kansas to the Big Ten? West Virginia to the ACC? AAC to raid Big 12?
  • New pathways: Investors are flocking to new leagues that will compete directly with the NCAA. An example: Overtime Elite, which is paying high school hoops stars six-figure salaries to skip college.

The big picture: With so many seismic shifts happening at once, the role of the NCAA is bound to change dramatically in the coming years.

  • The NCAA's iron grip on college sports has been slipping for decades, as TV-rich Power 5 conferences grow more powerful and question why they need the organization in the first place.
  • NCAA president Mark Emmert sees the writing on the wall, saying recently that it's time to decentralize college sports and shift power to schools and away from the NCAA. This comes after the organization took a very hands-off approach to NIL reform.

What's next: The NCAA Board of Governors will convene in November for a "special constitutional convention." The goal: dramatically reform the six-article constitution that lays out the organization's purpose.

"This is a really propitious moment to sit back and look at a lot of the core assumptions and say, 'You know, if we were going to build college sports again, and in 2020 instead of 1920, what would that look like?'"
— NCAA president Mark Emmert

In related news ... A law firm hired to investigate gender equity concerns at NCAA championships released its report on Tuesday.

  • The NCAA prioritized men's basketball "over everything else in ways that create, normalize and perpetuate gender inequities," it says.
  • One recommended change: Holding the men's and women's Final Fours at the same site.

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Nov 10, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

The Chet Holmgren show begins

Chet Holmgren in an All-American game last year. Photo: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Chet Holmgren, the 7-foot-tall freshman from Minneapolis, has quickly become the center of attention in college basketball.

Driving the news: The Minnehaha Academy alum is a USA Today preseason All-American for the No. 1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs.

  • Gonzaga beat Dixie State last night in its season opener. Holmgren had 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks.
Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Nov 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

U.S. universities face an existential challenge

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities is on track to drop for the second year in a row, exposing a political rift in the higher education system.

Why it matters: America's universities are still some of the best in the world, and a college degree is still the most reliable ticket to socioeconomic mobility, which underscores the importance of who goes there and what they learn.

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Peloton pumps its brakes

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Peloton’s popularity is falling as swiftly as it shot up.

Why it matters: Not all pandemic habits stick around. Peloton's trajectory over the past two years exemplifies how challenging it's been for companies to gauge shifts in consumer demand — particularly in sectors heavily altered by the pandemic.

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