Sports Law Links

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines, so you don’t have to. This week’s links update you on Ray Rice’s victorious appeal, the latest O’Bannon v. NCAA court filings, and more.


  • As our own Andrew Sensi predicted, Ray Rice has won his appeal of his indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL. Full text of Judge Jones’s opinion. Rice’s statement. The NFLPA’s response. Rice’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg, also issued a statement. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash’s memo to owners. Michael McCann says the ruling is a game changer for Roger Goodell and the NFL justice system, but Andrew Brandt says nothing has changed yet. How the ruling highlights Goodell’s missteps. What the ruling says about the league’s response to domestic violence Goodell’s support among NFL owners remains stable, for now. As a result, the NFLPA is bracing for unilateral changes to the league’s personal conduct policy. Outside the Lines podcast on the decision here.
  • A judge agreed to delay Aaron Hernandez’s trial for the murder of two Boston men so that his defense team can prepare for his trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
  • S. District Judge Gerald Lee declined to dismiss the Washington Redskins’ lawsuit against parties which had the team’s trademark protection stripped.


  • Law professors filed an amici curiae brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week supporting the NCAA’s appeal in the O’Bannon case. The full text of the brief is available here. Broadcast corporations also filed an amici curiae brief with the court supporting the NCAA; full text here.
  • Northwestern players still await a ruling on unionization.
  • Pennsylvania state officials suing the NCAA over the $60 million fines for the Sandusky scandal are seeking mediation. Penn State trustees have demanded access to documents used to create the Freeh Report.


  • A look at new NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and the battle lines being drawn for the next CBA dispute. Among other things, Roberts is opposed to raising the NBA age limit (our own Jeremy Jarrett wrote an overview of NBA draft age restrictions here).


  • The agreement between MLB and Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch is now public.
  • The ongoing legal saga between the Nationals and the Orioles over the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.


  • Sony Corp. decided to end its sponsorship of FIFA amid growing concerns about transparency in the World Cup bidding process. As a result of the corruption allegations, the U.K. is considering a criminal probe into the World Cup bidding process

Best of the Rest

  • Jay Bilas vs. the NCAA: How a player turned lawyer became an agent of change.
  • The first football-specific class action concussion lawsuit at the high school level was filed last weekend.
  • Kavitha Davidson calls the NHL’s response to the concussion lawsuit filed by former players “tone-deaf.”
  • A Rio de Janeiro judge denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course due to environmental concerns.

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