Last updated : Saturday, 25 November 2023


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization that regulates intercollegiate athletics in the United States. It is the largest sports organization in the world, with over 1,200 member institutions.

The NCAA's football division is divided into three levels: Division I, Division II, and Division III. Division I is the highest level of competition, and its teams compete for the NCAA Football Championship.


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The NCAA defines an amateur athlete as someone who does not receive compensation for their athletic performance. This includes things like scholarships, signing bonuses, and endorsement deals.

The NCAA's amateurism rules have been controversial for many years. Critics argue that the rules exploit student-athletes, who generate billions of dollars in revenue for the NCAA but are not allowed to share in that revenue.

Current Issues

  • The NCAA is currently facing a number of lawsuits challenging its amateurism rules.
  • The NCAA is also facing scrutiny from Congress, which is considering legislation that would reform the organization's amateurism rules.
  • The NCAA is also facing increasing competition from new leagues, such as the National College Football League (NCFL), which are offering student-athletes more financial opportunities.


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