Why didn’t the NCAA address this issue before now?

NCAA members continually strive to improve the student-athlete experience, including paying close attention to the changing environment of the student body and within higher education. After taking action to improve academic support, provide the cost of attendance, guarantee scholarships and strengthen health and safety, among many changes, the NCAA membership determined that exploring this issue was an important next step to support student-athletes. NCAA leadership also determined that the membership must respond to federal and state legislative proposals that would be harmful to a national, uniform college athletics model.