Panel: Involve athletes in decisions

A panel led by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will recommend the U.S. Olympic Committee find ways to get people inside the Olympic movement more actively involved in making decisions, The Associated Press has learned.

The panel will submit the report to the USOC board at its quarterly meeting Friday.

Two people with knowledge of the report tell the AP it does not recommend drastic changes but does seek more input from athletes, former athletes and other insiders. The two people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the report before its release.

The USOC's last big structural change came in 2003. It included a drastic downsizing of the board and called for more input from people without a direct stake in the Olympics.