NJCAA Creates Esports Association for Junior Colleges

We are not happy about it, but we do feel compelled to report that the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the national governing body of two-year college athletics, has created NJCAA Esports. This new Esports association will provide two-year colleges with governance, competition and official national championships while also providing guidance and positive development for two-year colleges to build and operate Esports programs.

NJCAA Esports, a strategic partnership between the NJCAA, Chicago-based Legacy Esports and New York-based EsportsU, a division of Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG), is the only national Esports association for two-year colleges. The association will develop rules and eligibility for student participation, in addition to competition schedules which would include online, LAN and national championship events.

"The growth trend of the Esports industry has given NJCAA member colleges a remarkable opportunity to create and manage programs, increase enrollment and retention and make a greater positive impact in their communities," says Dr. Christopher Parker, president and CEO of the NJCAA.

NJCAA Esports, through Legacy Esports, will deliver to member colleges competition software, communication forum creation and moderation, competition administration (including bracketing, seeding, refereeing, and oversight), and dedicated account management. EsportsU will represent all commercial rights across media, sponsorship, sales, ticketing, e-commerce and advertising for NJCAA Esports.

To participate in NJCAA Esports, member colleges must be fully accredited by an authorized higher education accrediting agency and serve as a two-year institution. NJCAA Esports will also provide insight and guidance to two-year colleges interested in sponsoring Esports programs and joining the association. Competitions will begin in the fall of 2019 with the structure design created based on membership.