NCAA President Mark Emmert believes college sports can address the concerns of union organizers without changing the entire model.
Emmert acknowledged Wednesday, in an interview with The Associated Press, that under a proposed new governance structure, the richest sports programs would have the autonomy to provide more money and more counseling, and perhaps even more protections to student-athletes. He also thinks the new structure could help finance the travel of athletes' families to postseason tournaments.
His comments come one day before the NCAA's board of directors is scheduled to discuss a series of proposals that could change college sports.
The agenda includes debate over a new governance structure that would allow the five biggest football conferences to implement some legislation on their own, expand meal plans and change transfer rules.
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