NCAA board hands 5 big­gest con­fer­ences more power

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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS (AP) — The NCAA Board of Di­rec­tors over­whelm­ingly ap­proved a pack­age of historic re­forms Thurs­day that will give the na­tion's five big­gest con­fer­ences the abil­ity to uni­lat­er­ally change some of the ba­sic rules gov­ern­ing col­lege sports.

If the 16-2 de­ci­sion stands, there will be strik­ing dif­fer­ences be­tween the 65 largest schools and the more than 280 oth­ers in Divi­sion I begin­ning as early as Oct. 1, though few ex­pect change to come that quickly.

"I am im­mensely proud of the work done by the mem­ber­ship," NCAA Pres- ident Mark Em­mert said. "The new gov­er­nance model rep­re­sents a com­pro­mise on all sides that will bet­ter serve our mem­bers and, most im­por­tantly, our stu­dent-ath­letes. These changes will help all our schools bet­ter sup­port the young peo­ple who come to col­lege to play sports while earn­ing a de­gree."

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the five rich­est leagues — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — will hold nearly twice as much vot­ing power (37.5 per­cent) as any other group on a newly cre­ated coun­cil, where most leg­is­la­tion will be ap­proved or re­jected.

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