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Helping Universities self-police NCAA regulations emerges as lucrative practice area for law firms

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Joe Drape of the NY Times has a fascinating article on an emerging practice area – Facing N.C.A.A., the Best Defense Is a Legal Team. Major NCAA programs have a lot of money riding on avoiding the death penalty that KO’d SMU’s football program, but also the public relations fallout of infractions revealed in the press.

The law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King has emerged as a market leader in the area. I would imagine a quick look at some of the recent changes to NCAA regulations they posted on their website would be daunting enough to convince many administrators to seek help from outside counsel.

Bond, Schoeneck & King leads this niche primarily because the founder of its Collegiate Sports Practice Group, Michael Glazier, is credited with creating this market in the mid-1980s with Mike Slive, the current commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. The firm represents more than 60 colleges and universities on matters like eligibility, compliance and major infractions investigations.

Interestingly enough, Rick Evrard, the Bond, Shoeneck & King attorney profiled in the article, has Houston connections, doing his undergrad at Rice with a J.D. from South Texas.

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