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April 7, 2021

Executive Compensation at the NCAA (2018)

by Anne Paddock

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization focused on college sports in the US. With 1,100 member colleges and universities in 102 athletic conferences across the country that participate in 90 championships in 24 sports in 3 divisions, the NCAA is a powerful and well financed organization.

There are 16 independent members of the governing party although 18 board members are listed on the Form 990 (probably due to timing differences). 14 of the 18 (78%) board members are male while 4 of the 14 (22%) are female.

The NCAA raised about $1.1 billion in 2018 – most of which came from from television rights (83%) and championships/National Invitation Tournament (13% of revenue).  Expenses were $1 billion with the 3 largest expense scholarships and grants ($635 million), championship expenses ($145 million), and compensation ($78 million).

In 2018, 624 employees of the NCAA received $78 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $125,000.  However, only 112 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 18 most highly compensated employees were:

  • $3,890,497:  Mark Emmert, President
  • $1,268,374:  Donald Remy, EVP
  • $1,128,167:  Bernard Franklin, EVP
  • $1,020,686:  Oliver Luck, EVP
  • $  764,504:  Mark Lewis, Former Key Employee
  • $  683,553 :  Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer
  • $  645,629:  Keith Martin, Managing Director
  • $  642,710:  Kathleen McNeely, SVP of Admin and CFO
  • $  578,649:  Joni Comstock, SVP
  • $  565,896:  Daniel Gavitt, SVP
  • $  519,669:  Jonathan Duncan, VP
  • $  508,508:  James Isch, Former Key Employee
  • $  485,173:  Kevin Lennon, VP
  • $  472,425:  Robert Fiala, Managing Director
  • $  412,276:  Robert Williams, SVP
  • $  392,061:  Scott Bearby, Managing Director
  • $  364,607:  David Schnase, VP
  • $  352,365:  Dan Dutcher, VP

The 18 employees listed above received $14 million in compensation. 16 of the 18 (89%) of the most highly compensated employees are male while 2 (11%) are female. 8 of the 10 most highly compensated employees are male while 2 are female.

The NCAA paid for first class or charter travel. Specifically, the NCAA paid for chartered business travel, when necessary due to scheduling for the President, EVP’s (2), SVP’s (2), VP (1), and highly compensated employees (1). This was a non-taxable business expense.

The NCAA paid for companion travel. Specifically, the NCAA paid for companion travel for the President.

The NCAA provided tax indemnification and gross up payments.

The NCAA paid for gift cards (amount not specified) for 12 of the officers, key employees and highly compensated employees.

The NCA paid for social club dues for the president.

James Isch received $508,508 in severance payments from the NCAA.

Mark Lewis received $739,198 in severance payments from the NCAA.

Robert Fail received $74,755 in severance payments from the NCAA.

Bernard Franklin received $75,508 in severance payments from the NCAA.

Keith Martin received $27,340 in severance payments from the NCAA.

Mark Emmert received $1,419,021 in supplemental non-qualified deferred compensation.

57 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five highest reported to be:

  • $13.1 million:  Bully Pulpit Interactive of Washington, CD for communication services
  • $10.4 million:  Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, of White Plains, NY for legal services
  • $10.3 million:  GO Ground Options of Chicago, IL for transportation services
  • $ 6.8 million:  BWD Group of Plainview, NY for insurance services
  • $6.7 million:  Compass Lexecon, of Boston, MA for legal services

To read the IRS Form 990 (for the year ending August 31, 2018), click here.

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