Daily Compliance Item- 9.19.16- High School Coaches Serving as Institution’s Commentators

Ocean State University (OSU) broadcasts several events throughout the year on its own digital network. OSU produces the entire event and selects the talent for the competitions. There are a few high school basketball coaches in the area that OSU would like to hire as commentators.

Is OSU permitted to hire these individuals as commentators for the online broadcasts?

No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/19/16- Participation as Color Commentator in the Institution’s Radio/TV/Web Programs (I)– states that institutions may permit individuals responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which prospective student-athletes are involved (e.g., high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach or administrator) to provide color commentary for the institution’s athletics program broadcasts, provided the employment of the individual is the sole responsibility of a third-party broadcast partner (e.g., radio station) and the member institution’s coaching staff does not participate in any portion of the program (e.g., pregame or postgame interviews).

[References: NCAA Bylaws: 13.10.2 (publicity before commitment), (radio/tv show) and official interpretations (09/15/88 (item ref: 4); (07/26/89 (Item No. e) and a staff interpretation (12/20/89 (Item No. b), which have been archived]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The
COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office,
case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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