PROVIDENCE, RI –
The American Athletic Conference held its fall meeting of the league’s presidents and athletic directors on Tuesday, November 5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Highlights of the meeting included a discussion regarding the NCAA Board of Governors recent name, image and likeness statement, a review of member institution infrastructure support and production plans with respect to the ESPN+ component of the league’s landmark television/media rights agreement beginning July 1, 2020, planning for the Conference’s upcoming relocation to Dallas, Texas in the spring of 2020, future football scheduling models and the recent waiver granted to The American by the NCAA to conduct its football championship with 11 schools and no round robin, and a discussion of the next stages of the Conference’s highly successful Power 6 narrative.
The presidents approved funding for the Conference’s Academic Consortium for the next three years, while the athletic directors voted to add an affiliate member in women’s lacrosse beginning with the 2021 season and approved the recommendation by the Conference’s Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) to allow a student-athlete not on scholarship to transfer to another membership institution without serving a year in residency.
“We had another extremely productive meeting with our presidents and athletic directors this week in Philadelphia,” American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said. “There was a great deal of discussion about the future of our league and the momentum that we have created as we prepare for our new television/media agreement with ESPN beginning next year. There is enormous enthusiasm in the wake of the Conference’s increasing football, basketball and Olympic sport success and we will continue to energize and refresh our successful P6 campaign. We discussed the NCAA Board of Governors’ recent statement on name, image and likeness and we will be forming a conference working group to examine further that issue. We are all in agreement that this is a very complicated matter, and that preserving the amateur experience in a way that is fair to all student-athletes is of the utmost importance.”