Sports Law Links

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines, so you don’t have to.  To get our Sports Law Links as a weekly newsletter in your inbox, subscribe on the left side of the page. Here’s what happened last week in the world of sports law:


  • Court documents show a close relationship between the NCAA and the investigators involved in the Freeh report on Penn State’s Sandusky scandal. More here.  The NCAA’s response.
  • The New York Times on the Tallahassee police’s willingness to cover up for Florida State football players. Florida State responded to the piece, saying it was unsupported by the evidence.
  • Florida State has also postponed its investigative hearing on Jameis Winston’s violation of the student conduct code for his involvement in an alleged sexual assault. Michael McCann looks at the issues involved in the hearing.
  • John Infante argues the NCAA should replace eligibility waivers with five seasons of competition.
  • Marc Edelman’s prescient argument for why Todd Gurley should have said no to NCAA reinstatement.
  • New evidence on Jan Boxill’s involvement in UNC’s academic scandal.
  • The NCAA continues to fight attempts to crowdfund.
  • College multimedia rights and the changing landscape of college sports business.


  • Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement hearing will happen this week despite the NFLPA’s request to expedite the hearing. Peterson is contemplating litigation against the NFL depending on the outcome. Peterson also released a statement declaring the league’s actions as arbitrary.
  • Liz Mullen on the dispute between the NFL and NFLPA over changes in the personal conduct code.
  • Prosecutors decline to file domestic violence charges against Ray McDonald.
  • The NFL will fund a new study on the long term effects of concussions on players’ spouses.
  • Kristi Dosh examines the NFL’s tax-exempt status.


  • Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch reportedly told federal investigators that agent Scott Boras fabricated medical records and created a cover story to explain a failed drug test by Manny Ramirez.
  • A zoning lawsuit to prevent the building of the new Atlanta Braves stadium has been settled.
  • What Bud Selig leaves behind: A-Rod, Bonds, Clemens.


  • The Canadian dollar’s decline in value may prevent the NHL’s salary cap from increasing next season.
  • The NHL wants the sports betting ban maintained, but it’s flirting with Las Vegas as an expansion.


  • FIFA has cleared Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process after an independent investigation. However, the investigator claims his findings were misrepresented.  The president of the German Football League threatened that UEFA could leave FIFA if the entire report is not published.  Meanwhile, the FBI continues its corruption probe into FIFA.  Kevin Carpenter’s take on the issue.


  • NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts came out swinging against NBA owners, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver responded, and the war over the next CBA began.


  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Allow gambling on pro games. Rodenberg and Wertheim call it a “deft” pivot. Will other leagues support gambling as well?  How it shifts the debate.

Best of the Rest

  • Laws governing sports agents may be expanding to include financial advisors.
  • How a left turn changed Sports Lawyers Association President Glenn Wong’s life.
  • Lester Munson on due process basics in sports.

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