Evolving college landscape keeps big law firms busy

The need for representation over the past 20 months was clearly accelerated, and the major sports law firms all say they are busier than ever, underscoring again the importance of counsel -- both internally and from the outside. SBJ this week identified 32 law firms as Power Players in the outside counsel space, based on the breadth and depth of their representation, and several have college sports ties.

Winston & Strawn partners Jeffrey Kessler, David Feher and David Greenspan have played key roles in some of the biggest court cases in sports history, including representing college athletes in the industry-changing Supreme Court case in NCAA v. Alston. Over at Paul, Weiss, partner Daniel Toal represented IMG College in its merger with Learfield. 

North Carolina-based firm Robinson Bradshaw advised the SEC on its media-rights agreements, including deals with CBS, ESPN and the SEC Network. Winstead advised Texas and Arizona State in the procurement, development, financing, management and operation of their new arenas. 

Specializing in college athletics, Bond, Schoeneck & King attorneys Mike Glazier and Rick Evrard have repped numerous universities in NCAA compliance matters, including North Carolina, which in 2017 avoided NCAA penalties in an academic fraud scandal. Glazier also reps Louisville in NCAA allegations stemming from the recruitment of Brian Bowen and the Adidas pay-for-play scheme during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, as well as Missouri in an alleged academic fraud violation. In Evrard’s 20-plus years of college athletics representation, he has consulted with schools within the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, Big East, American, Big West, Big South and Conference USA.

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