Bright lights, big city

If a lawyer tends to go where his clients are, this has some potentially interesting ramifications.

Mars would soon learn what a “big deal” Fields was. After handling Fields’ case, Mars’ business has taken off to the point that he can’t handle it all anymore.

Mars said he stopped counting “a while back” when the number of clients he has represented in NCAA eligibility cases reached 50. That number grows daily. He said he typically accepts two or three calls a day inquiring about his services, but he said that shortly after the Fields’ ruling, he accepted eight clients in one day.

Not coincidentally, Mars is leaving his Arkansas law firm to start his own practice, the Mars Law Firm, with offices in Atlanta and Northwest Arkansas.

Of course, it is easier to get a connecting flight out of Atlanta.

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15 responses to “Bright lights, big city

  1. Has Towers written an actual Bulldogs-based article of this length and depth recently?

    I support changing the transfer rules, but I detest these guys (and their new schools) paying $400 an hour to get their way (transferring with immediate eligibility for the depth chart rather than true hardship).

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    • Case in point: Towers does a long article on a lawyer … Emerson at The Athletic does an article on Smart vs. Richt at this point in their careers with lots of stats and discussions with Loran Smith and David Pollack.

      There’s a reason I pay for The Athletic as opposed to the AUC fish wrapper.

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      • PTC DAWG

        Re Richt vs Smart first three years, I don’t see how it matters…they stand on their own. How about Smart vs Richt’s last three years? again, it really doesn’t matter at all….but I guess if some are willing to pay…

        Agree on the AJC, it has fallen mightily. Like most things, you get what you pay for…

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        • The difference is that Seth Emerson is doing real reporting on the team. We all know you detest the previous guy, but if you don’t see the parallels entering a season of high expectations (2004 vs. 2019), you don’t want to see it.

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          • Macallanlover

            Ray Charles STILL sees more than this guy ever will. Even his 20/20 hindsight hit/rate is off the charts bad. That would indicate it is much more than just lack of vision.

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            • PTC DAWG

              LOL….I didn’t even go negative on CMR and some still don’t like it…

              Biggest difference is the Sabanator wasn’t at Bama yet…they my friends are ALL IN.

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  2. mdcgtp

    I am guessing he is confident that he will have enough business outside of NCAA eligibility work because his business will probably evaporate when the NCAA schools agree to a 2 or 3 year transfer policy. (I.e., if a student athlete been at a school for 2 or 3 years – depending on which is chosen – he/she can transfer after that time without penalty. Kirby said recently that three years is enough time. I am not sure he would like 2, but that seems fair to me.

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  3. Have transport portal will travel….

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  4. 81Dog

    Kinda buried the lede here. Mars is described as “an Atlanta lawyer” and having a son in HS in Alpharetta who he was picking up from school before (or maybe as) he was about to take on Fields. He sure did move fast if he came to Atlanta because of Fields. I am confused after reading the AJC as to why and when he came here. Am I missing something?

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  5. Dabo Swinney

    Too much entitlement! We gotta keep these players under control or they’ll start thinking they can do whatever they want.

    I guess it’s almost time for me to take my millions and millions of dollars and go do something else. I’m serious. I’ll do it. Don’t make me do it!

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  6. Faltering Memory

    Towers has lost the edge off his slow ball. The question is will he retire before the sun sets on the AJC forever.

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  7. ATL Dawg

    I enjoyed the article and think Mars is doing good work. I love seeing the schools and coaches squirm on this.

    This comment from Mars may have been my favorite part of the article…

    “The NCAA gets criticized pretty harshly for the rules, but they’re not up there in the national offices writing rules. University representatives are the ones who write the rules, then the NCAA has to apply them.”

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  8. Go Dawgs!

    I guess we can add lawyers to the list of people who are getting rich off of the backs of student athletes in service of the NCAA’s vision of amateurism. Thanks to the bone-headedness and intractability of the NCAA’s transfer rules, Mars is opening up a new category of legal practice. No worries, you’ll have the right to transfer as you should, so long as you can pay the retainer.

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