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12 Facts About the National Collegiate Athletic Association

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals.

A nonprofit organization is an organization whose purpose is something other than making a profit.

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It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

A student athlete is a participant in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the educational institution in which he or she is enrolled.

College is an educational institution or a constituent part of one.

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The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Indianapolis, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County.

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In 2014, the NCAA generated almost a billion dollars in revenue.

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80 to 90% of this revenue was due to the Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

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This revenue is then distributed back into various organizations and institutions across the United States.

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In August 1973, the current three-division setup of Division I, Division II, and Division III was adopted by the NCAA membership in a special convention.

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Under NCAA rules, Division I and Division II schools can offer scholarships to athletes for playing a sport.

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education.

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Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships.

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Generally, larger schools compete in Division I and smaller schools in II and III. Division I football was further divided into I-A and I-AA in 1978.

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Subsequently, the term "Division I-AAA" was briefly added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all, but that term is no longer officially used by the NCAA.

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In 2006, Divisions I-A and I-AA were respectively renamed the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision.

Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States.

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