FBS athletic directors create political action committee

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Posted: Dec 22, 2016 4:37 PM

The 129 FBS athletic directors and the programs they represent have formed a political action committee to financially support candidates for office.

LEAD1 Association, the group that was once known as the D1A Athletic Directors' Association, announced Thursday the creation of the PAC that will support candidates who align philosophically with its vision for the future of college sports.

The goal of the PAC is to influence how the rules of college sports are enacted and implemented when amateurism is facing legal challenges.

LEAD1 president and CEO Tom McMillen, the former Maryland basketball star and congressman, said: "With the PAC now approved, it further ensures that the concerns of the LEAD1 members will be heard by members of Congress and other key decision makers in Washington, D.C., and across the country."