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NJCAA, ESPN Strike Multi-Year Media Rights Agreement

ESPN and the NJCAA have announced a multi-year media rights agreement to begin with the 2022-2023 season that will include the Division I football national championship game broadcast nationally with dozens of other events throughout the fall, winter and spring broadcast on ESPN Plus, the cable network’s streaming service. “This opportunity to work with ESPN […]

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Fort Scott running back Jasmin Hopkins, right, rushes past Blinn's Duke Bohall during the first half of the NJCAA national championship football game in Pittsburg, Kansas, in 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett)

NJCAA Football Creates Divisions and Playoff System

The NJCAA has announced changes to the structure of football that will create increased opportunities for the sport to flourish at the two-year level including the creation of Division I and  Division III, implementation of a Division I national championship playoff system, addition of a Division III national championship and separate division rankings. Currently, NJCAA […]

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Little Rock, Arkansas, to Host 2021–2023 NJCAA Football Championships

The NJCAA, along with the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism, has announced the Arkansas destination as the location for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 NJCAA Football Championships at War Memorial Stadium. The 2021 championship is scheduled for June 5 and will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network. […]

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NJCAA, NFL and Reigning Champs Experiences Announce Women’s Flag Football Effort

The National Junior College Athletic Association has officially announced women’s flag football as an emerging sport in a joint effort with the National Football League and Reigning Champs Experiences, with the NFL providing a $150,000 grant to the NJCAA Foundation for distribution to member colleges that declare their intent to participate in the sport over […]

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NJCAA Sponsoring Four New Sports For Competition

The National Junior College Athletic Association will recognize competitive cheer (coed), clay shooting (coed), men’s volleyball and women’s wrestling as emerging sports with member schools permitted to begin programs in those sports starting in the fall of 2021. Each of the new sports have garnered interest amongst member colleges as club sports in recent years. […]

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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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NJCAA Commits to Grand Junction Through 2044

The NJCAA has extended its agreement with the Grand Junction Baseball Committee to host the junior college association’s Division I Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, through 2044. The extension continues the long-standing relationship for an additional nine years. The event has been staged in the western Colorado city since 1959. As part of […]

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NJCAA Approves Esports Framework For Member Schools

Esports will be even more a part of the fabric of collegiate sports through the National Junior College Athletic Association, which has announced the creation of NJCAA Esports to provide two-year colleges with official national championships in the sport. The new framework will also provide guidance for colleges to build and operate esports programs, as […]

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NJCAA Board of Regents Chairman Mick McDaniel, Carolina Panthers and former NJCAA athlete Ian Thomas, and NJCAA President and CEO Christopher Parker took part in an official ribbon-cutting to open the new offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: NJCAA

NJCAA Relocates Headquarters to Charlotte

Citing a desire to move closer to its members, the National Junior College Athletic Association has officially opened its new headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, the latest in a string of new initiatives for the association. The move from Colorado Springs, where the NJCAA had been located since 1985, had been in the works for […]

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