NCAA Sports

Collegiate Sports & NCAA Attorneys

Overview

Success in intercollegiate athletics today requires more than winning teams. It requires a detailed knowledge of, and scrupulous compliance with, a multitude of rules and laws.

It requires the management of staff and resources in a way that is fiscally sound as well as consistent with the educational mission of the institution, including educating and graduating student-athletes. It requires taking every precaution to protect institutional integrity in an area that can generate intense public attention, both positive and negative. In this complex environment, there are times when the best of efforts can go awry and additional resources are needed to meet these challenges.

The collegiate sports practice at Bond is the nation’s premier practice group for the representation of colleges and universities in NCAA rules compliance, eligibility and infractions matters. With over 120 combined years of involvement and experience in NCAA-related matters, our attorneys are far and away the most qualified, capable and experienced in this area of unique and complex regulations. In addition, Bond has one of the nation’s premiere attorneys in negotiating collegiate multi-media, coaching and athletic administration employment contracts.

Planning For and Addressing NCAA-Related Issues

Academic Integrity Review

For Parents and Student Athletes

A “Baker’s Dozen” Tips for First-Time Counsel

What to Expect When You’re (not) Expecting …a Campus Visit by the NCAA

 

The Collegiate Sports Practice Group is affiliated with Forward Progress Athletics Consulting and the two organizations work together when NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) management is needed in conjunction with the Group’s NCAA rules compliance, eligibility and infractions counsel. This collaboration offers NCAA Division I collegiate sports clients the full breadth of NCAA regulatory and APP services delivered by the leaders in this field. For additional information on Forward Progress, follow this link: http://forwardprogressac.com/.

Our Team

What We Do

About Us

Experience

We believe the track record of our collegiate sports practice is unparalleled in both the scope and the magnitude of the NCAA-related matters for which we have been retained and the results we have achieved. We also have made a number of significant innovations and contributions to the practice area. Our experience includes:

  • Establishing the practice of including detailed reports on an institution’s compliance system enhancements in institutional responses and reports to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. These reports consistently are cited among the key mitigating factors for imposing less than the minimum penalties prescribed by NCAA enforcement procedures.
  • Numerous successful appeals for reinstatement of eligibility for many student-athletes under the best conditions consistent with the individual situation.
  • The first successful presentation to the NCAA Committee on Infractions that allowed an institution to avoid a committee finding of a major violation in response to an allegation of lack of institutional control in an infractions case.
  • Successful Appeals of NCAA Committee on Infractions penalties through the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee.
  • Representing a Division I institution and student-athlete in one of the first appeals to the NCAA Division I Administrative Review Subcommittee, resulting in the restoration of a season of competition to the student-athlete, and continuing representation of numerous institutions and student-athletes in that process.
  • Assistance to institutions in properly applying NCAA rules to specific situation and in working with the NCAA staff and interpretations process.
  • Representing a major Division I institution in the first infractions case to be processed under the summary-disposition procedure.
  • Developing a unique case-study method for conducting NCAA rules education seminars for coaches.
  • Developing the first institutional audit program for NCAA rules compliance.
  • Developing the first thorough student-athlete summer jobs monitoring program.
  • Developing the first thorough system for monitoring student-athletes’ automobiles.
  • Designing the first thorough rules education and monitoring program for institutional sports camps and clinics.
  • Designing and presenting an in-depth national training seminar for internal auditors responsible for conducting NCAA rules compliance audits.

Membership Certification and APR Reporting Assistance

Our staff can assist your institution as it prepares for the NCAA certification process by providing an outside, independent assessment of your institution’s compliance with the operating principles on which certification is based. This assessment, backed by our experience working with intercollegiate athletics programs nationwide, enables us to make practical recommendations to elevate your compliance programs to the level necessary for certification. Additionally, our group is capable in assisting institutions with the NCAAs latest requirement that its members produce and present annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) data on the academic progress of its student-athletes. Our staff is knowledgeable and well-versed in this new area of the legislation, and can assist institutions in making the appropriate calculations and assessments necessary to construct a complete, accurate report to the NCAA.

NCAA Compliance Programs, Reviews and Audits

We believe we have set the standard in the design and implementation of NCAA and conference rules compliance programs. Our knowledge comes from our extensive firsthand infractions case experience, from having designed numerous preventive systems, and from having helped institutions implement new systems or refine current systems as issues are identified in infractions investigations or compliance reviews. Additionally, our group includes an individual with considerable experience in operating compliance systems on campus.

NCAA Infractions Cases and Investigations

Over the past 16 years, our attorneys have conducted more than 100 potential major infractions case investigations. We have achieved unequaled results due to our ability to combine working cooperatively with NCAA and conference representatives with appropriately asserting the institutions’, coaches’ and student-athletes’ rights, while fairly evaluating the evidence. In total, we have represented more than 60 Division I institutions and numerous Division II and III institutions in infractions cases. We also have been involved in several summary-disposition proceedings and, when appropriate, we assist institutions in processing the appeal of decisions in an infractions case. When, after all available evidence has been obtained, an alleged violation is not supported, we say so and support our conclusion. When an alleged violation is proven, we help the institution identify ways to enhance it’s rules education and monitoring programs to ensure that the violation is not repeated.

NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility and Reinstatement

NCAA Waivers

In 2014, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors gave wide ranging discretion to the NCAA staff related to the regulation of student-athlete activity. That discretion empowers the NCAA staff to carefully evaluate and grant more waiver requests in favor of student-athlete welfare. With the recent hiring of Jason Montgomery, the Collegiate Sports Practice Group at Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC is announcing its expanded focus on waiver opportunities and assisting NCAA member institutions in this regard.

Jason brings an even greater level of experience to waiver cases involving student-athlete eligibility. During his tenure at the NCAA, Jason managed and was involved in the decision-making process for hundreds of waiver cases, and he frequently worked with NCAA member institutions to establish factors to help create favorable outcomes for student-athletes. Jason’s first-hand knowledge of, and experience in, the NCAA staff process provides NCAA member institutions with invaluable guidance concerning student-athlete eligibility matters.

Excerpt from the NCAA Division I Board of Directors January 18, 2014 Report

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a Temporary Review Process for Specified Regulatory Waivers, Amateurism Certification Decisions and Student-Athlete Reinstatement Conditions until such time as a new governance structure is in place or a period of no longer than two years, at which time the process would be reevaluated. Specifically, after determining the impact of a prescribed penalty, the NCAA staff has been provided the authority consideration of mitigating factors that may justify departure from the established penalty or outcome in the following categories of cases:

  • Cases involving the health and safety of a student-athlete, or instances in which the prescribed penalty or outcome would likely have a significant negative impact on a student-athlete’s well-being.
  • Cases involving prospective or enrolled student-athletes who have served active duty in the military or who have delayed collegiate enrollment due to serving official religious missions.
  • Cases that involve the potential for significant withholding conditions (e.g., a year in residence and one or more seasons of intercollegiate competition, loss of all or part of final year of eligibility), despite the existence of circumstances indicating that the application of prescribed penalties is disproportionate or otherwise inconsistent with the intent of the legislation.
  • Cases involving nominal or inconsequential benefits to student-athletes.

Collegiate Sports Practice Group

Our attorneys and consultants have more than a century of combined experience in addressing every aspect of the NCAA regulatory environment. We have successfully advocated and achieved positive results in student-athlete eligibility matters in all of the following categories:

  • Initial Eligibility
  • Two- and Four-Year Transfers
  • Legislative Relief
  • Progress Toward Degree
  • Extension of Eligibility
  • Student-Athlete Reinstatement
  • PSA Reviews

For more information, please contact:
Jason Montgomery
(913) 234-4419
jmontgomery@bsk.com

Other Athletics Business Matters

Bond provides counsel and support on a wide range of matters impacting an intercollegiate athletics program, including:

  • Negotiation and preparation of coaches’ employment contracts on behalf of colleges and universities;
  • Negotiation and preparation of radio and television contracts;
  • Negotiation and preparation of bowl game agreements;
  • Consultation on NCAA Event Certification for bowl game and other sponsoring organizations;
  • Negotiation and preparation of sponsorship agreements;
  • Negotiation and preparation of personnel searches, and specifically Head Coaches and Athletics Directors;
  • Assistance in formation of conferences and other groups;
  • Evaluation of conference structures and regulations for consistency with NCAA rules and fair application to members; and,
  • Counseling on unrelated business income tax and other tax matters.

Resources For Parents and Student Athletes

The attorneys and consultants at Bond, Schoeneck & King are well versed in all aspects of the NCAA regulatory environment. Our Collegiate Sports Practice Group includes former members of the NCAA staff who know how to navigate the oftentimes daunting and confusing NCAA rules and NCAA eligibility processes. They have successfully advocated for student-athletes’ eligibility in a variety of complicated circumstances including NCAA initial-eligibility certifications, NCAA amateurism concerns, NCAA transfer situations and NCAA academic issues, among others.

To discuss your circumstances, contact Jason Montgomery. He is a veteran of the NCAA National Office and has experience working at a major NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Division I school. Jason has extensive experience handling student-athlete eligibility matters. While at the NCAA, Jason was involved in the decision-making process for hundreds of waiver cases affecting student-athletes’ NCAA eligibility. Jason understands the NCAA process and is passionate about helping young athletes, their families and coaches understand their options and how to make the appropriate case for establishing and maintaining NCAA eligibility.

Jason Montgomery
(913) 234-4419
jmontgomery@bsk.com

Title IX Gender Equity

Bond’s long-standing involvement in the law of higher education, combined with the athletics world experience of the firm’s collegiate sports practice, puts us in a unique position to help an institution objectively assess and defend its athletics programs’ compliance with Title IX requirements. This extensive experience also enables us to assist institutions in developing or refining a practical plan of action to address gender equity issues.

Through the firm’s higher education practice, we have assisted several institutions in their Title IX/Gender Equity reviews, have successfully defended institutions against which Title IX lawsuits have been brought, and have consulted institutions on potential Title IX lawsuits.

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Success in intercollegiate athletics today requires more than winning teams. It requires a detailed knowledge of, and scrupulous compliance with, a multitude of rules and laws.

It requires the management of staff and resources in a way that is fiscally sound as well as consistent with the educational mission of the institution, including educating and graduating student-athletes. It requires taking every precaution to protect institutional integrity in an area that can generate intense public attention, both positive and negative. In this complex environment, there are times when the best of efforts can go awry and additional resources are needed to meet these challenges.

The collegiate sports practice at Bond is the nation’s premier practice group for the representation of colleges and universities in NCAA rules compliance, eligibility and infractions matters. With over 120 combined years of involvement and experience in NCAA-related matters, our attorneys are far and away the most qualified, capable and experienced in this area of unique and complex regulations. In addition, Bond has one of the nation’s premiere attorneys in negotiating collegiate multi-media, coaching and athletic administration employment contracts.

Planning For and Addressing NCAA-Related Issues

Academic Integrity Review

For Parents and Student Athletes

A “Baker’s Dozen” Tips for First-Time Counsel

What to Expect When You’re (not) Expecting …a Campus Visit by the NCAA

 

The Collegiate Sports Practice Group is affiliated with Forward Progress Athletics Consulting and the two organizations work together when NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) management is needed in conjunction with the Group’s NCAA rules compliance, eligibility and infractions counsel. This collaboration offers NCAA Division I collegiate sports clients the full breadth of NCAA regulatory and APP services delivered by the leaders in this field. For additional information on Forward Progress, follow this link: http://forwardprogressac.com/.

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About Us

Experience

We believe the track record of our collegiate sports practice is unparalleled in both the scope and the magnitude of the NCAA-related matters for which we have been retained and the results we have achieved. We also have made a number of significant innovations and contributions to the practice area. Our experience includes:

  • Establishing the practice of including detailed reports on an institution’s compliance system enhancements in institutional responses and reports to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. These reports consistently are cited among the key mitigating factors for imposing less than the minimum penalties prescribed by NCAA enforcement procedures.
  • Numerous successful appeals for reinstatement of eligibility for many student-athletes under the best conditions consistent with the individual situation.
  • The first successful presentation to the NCAA Committee on Infractions that allowed an institution to avoid a committee finding of a major violation in response to an allegation of lack of institutional control in an infractions case.
  • Successful Appeals of NCAA Committee on Infractions penalties through the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee.
  • Representing a Division I institution and student-athlete in one of the first appeals to the NCAA Division I Administrative Review Subcommittee, resulting in the restoration of a season of competition to the student-athlete, and continuing representation of numerous institutions and student-athletes in that process.
  • Assistance to institutions in properly applying NCAA rules to specific situation and in working with the NCAA staff and interpretations process.
  • Representing a major Division I institution in the first infractions case to be processed under the summary-disposition procedure.
  • Developing a unique case-study method for conducting NCAA rules education seminars for coaches.
  • Developing the first institutional audit program for NCAA rules compliance.
  • Developing the first thorough student-athlete summer jobs monitoring program.
  • Developing the first thorough system for monitoring student-athletes’ automobiles.
  • Designing the first thorough rules education and monitoring program for institutional sports camps and clinics.
  • Designing and presenting an in-depth national training seminar for internal auditors responsible for conducting NCAA rules compliance audits.

Membership Certification and APR Reporting Assistance

Our staff can assist your institution as it prepares for the NCAA certification process by providing an outside, independent assessment of your institution’s compliance with the operating principles on which certification is based. This assessment, backed by our experience working with intercollegiate athletics programs nationwide, enables us to make practical recommendations to elevate your compliance programs to the level necessary for certification. Additionally, our group is capable in assisting institutions with the NCAAs latest requirement that its members produce and present annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) data on the academic progress of its student-athletes. Our staff is knowledgeable and well-versed in this new area of the legislation, and can assist institutions in making the appropriate calculations and assessments necessary to construct a complete, accurate report to the NCAA.

NCAA Compliance Programs, Reviews and Audits

We believe we have set the standard in the design and implementation of NCAA and conference rules compliance programs. Our knowledge comes from our extensive firsthand infractions case experience, from having designed numerous preventive systems, and from having helped institutions implement new systems or refine current systems as issues are identified in infractions investigations or compliance reviews. Additionally, our group includes an individual with considerable experience in operating compliance systems on campus.

NCAA Infractions Cases and Investigations

Over the past 16 years, our attorneys have conducted more than 100 potential major infractions case investigations. We have achieved unequaled results due to our ability to combine working cooperatively with NCAA and conference representatives with appropriately asserting the institutions’, coaches’ and student-athletes’ rights, while fairly evaluating the evidence. In total, we have represented more than 60 Division I institutions and numerous Division II and III institutions in infractions cases. We also have been involved in several summary-disposition proceedings and, when appropriate, we assist institutions in processing the appeal of decisions in an infractions case. When, after all available evidence has been obtained, an alleged violation is not supported, we say so and support our conclusion. When an alleged violation is proven, we help the institution identify ways to enhance it’s rules education and monitoring programs to ensure that the violation is not repeated.

NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility and Reinstatement

NCAA Waivers

In 2014, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors gave wide ranging discretion to the NCAA staff related to the regulation of student-athlete activity. That discretion empowers the NCAA staff to carefully evaluate and grant more waiver requests in favor of student-athlete welfare. With the recent hiring of Jason Montgomery, the Collegiate Sports Practice Group at Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC is announcing its expanded focus on waiver opportunities and assisting NCAA member institutions in this regard.

Jason brings an even greater level of experience to waiver cases involving student-athlete eligibility. During his tenure at the NCAA, Jason managed and was involved in the decision-making process for hundreds of waiver cases, and he frequently worked with NCAA member institutions to establish factors to help create favorable outcomes for student-athletes. Jason’s first-hand knowledge of, and experience in, the NCAA staff process provides NCAA member institutions with invaluable guidance concerning student-athlete eligibility matters.

Excerpt from the NCAA Division I Board of Directors January 18, 2014 Report

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a Temporary Review Process for Specified Regulatory Waivers, Amateurism Certification Decisions and Student-Athlete Reinstatement Conditions until such time as a new governance structure is in place or a period of no longer than two years, at which time the process would be reevaluated. Specifically, after determining the impact of a prescribed penalty, the NCAA staff has been provided the authority consideration of mitigating factors that may justify departure from the established penalty or outcome in the following categories of cases:

  • Cases involving the health and safety of a student-athlete, or instances in which the prescribed penalty or outcome would likely have a significant negative impact on a student-athlete’s well-being.
  • Cases involving prospective or enrolled student-athletes who have served active duty in the military or who have delayed collegiate enrollment due to serving official religious missions.
  • Cases that involve the potential for significant withholding conditions (e.g., a year in residence and one or more seasons of intercollegiate competition, loss of all or part of final year of eligibility), despite the existence of circumstances indicating that the application of prescribed penalties is disproportionate or otherwise inconsistent with the intent of the legislation.
  • Cases involving nominal or inconsequential benefits to student-athletes.

Collegiate Sports Practice Group

Our attorneys and consultants have more than a century of combined experience in addressing every aspect of the NCAA regulatory environment. We have successfully advocated and achieved positive results in student-athlete eligibility matters in all of the following categories:

  • Initial Eligibility
  • Two- and Four-Year Transfers
  • Legislative Relief
  • Progress Toward Degree
  • Extension of Eligibility
  • Student-Athlete Reinstatement
  • PSA Reviews

For more information, please contact:
Jason Montgomery
(913) 234-4419
jmontgomery@bsk.com

Other Athletics Business Matters

Bond provides counsel and support on a wide range of matters impacting an intercollegiate athletics program, including:

  • Negotiation and preparation of coaches’ employment contracts on behalf of colleges and universities;
  • Negotiation and preparation of radio and television contracts;
  • Negotiation and preparation of bowl game agreements;
  • Consultation on NCAA Event Certification for bowl game and other sponsoring organizations;
  • Negotiation and preparation of sponsorship agreements;
  • Negotiation and preparation of personnel searches, and specifically Head Coaches and Athletics Directors;
  • Assistance in formation of conferences and other groups;
  • Evaluation of conference structures and regulations for consistency with NCAA rules and fair application to members; and,
  • Counseling on unrelated business income tax and other tax matters.

Resources For Parents and Student Athletes

The attorneys and consultants at Bond, Schoeneck & King are well versed in all aspects of the NCAA regulatory environment. Our Collegiate Sports Practice Group includes former members of the NCAA staff who know how to navigate the oftentimes daunting and confusing NCAA rules and NCAA eligibility processes. They have successfully advocated for student-athletes’ eligibility in a variety of complicated circumstances including NCAA initial-eligibility certifications, NCAA amateurism concerns, NCAA transfer situations and NCAA academic issues, among others.

To discuss your circumstances, contact Jason Montgomery. He is a veteran of the NCAA National Office and has experience working at a major NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Division I school. Jason has extensive experience handling student-athlete eligibility matters. While at the NCAA, Jason was involved in the decision-making process for hundreds of waiver cases affecting student-athletes’ NCAA eligibility. Jason understands the NCAA process and is passionate about helping young athletes, their families and coaches understand their options and how to make the appropriate case for establishing and maintaining NCAA eligibility.

Jason Montgomery
(913) 234-4419
jmontgomery@bsk.com

Title IX Gender Equity

Bond’s long-standing involvement in the law of higher education, combined with the athletics world experience of the firm’s collegiate sports practice, puts us in a unique position to help an institution objectively assess and defend its athletics programs’ compliance with Title IX requirements. This extensive experience also enables us to assist institutions in developing or refining a practical plan of action to address gender equity issues.

Through the firm’s higher education practice, we have assisted several institutions in their Title IX/Gender Equity reviews, have successfully defended institutions against which Title IX lawsuits have been brought, and have consulted institutions on potential Title IX lawsuits.

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