On Eve of Legal Battle, Leadership Questions Loom Over NCAA

On Eve of Legal Battle, Leadership Questions Loom Over NCAA 1

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Critics say Mark Emmert’s tendency toward self-promotion as president of the NCAA has worked against him in college sports, where many people are accustomed to putting the team ahead of the individual.

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Eric Gay, AP Images

Critics say Mark Emmert’s tendency toward self-promotion as president of the NCAA has worked against him in college sports, where many people are accustomed to putting the team ahead of the individual.

Moments before President Obama was introduced at a White House summit on concussions last week, several guests were escorted into the East Room, where some 200 people had gathered.

Among the honored guests was Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, who took a seat near the front. A few minutes after Mr. Obama began speaking, he singled out the NCAA leader for a financial contribution the association plans to make toward