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Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to.  This week’s edition covers NCAA cost of attendance stipends, the ESPN-Verizon suit, and more on the NFL concussion settlement.


  • The league is ending its tax-exempt status. Who will benefit?
  • Former NFL players are upset about the concussion lawsuit settlement because it excludes future CTE diagnoses. Here’s the full concussion settlement.
  • Aaron Hernandez, O.J. Simpson, and the evolution of justice for the NFL.
  • The Jaguars’ Marquise Lee sues Lloyd’s of London over the denial of his loss of value insurance claim.
  • The league fined the Jets $100,000 for tampering with Darrelle Revis.
  • There’s a new overseer of the Benson trust containing shares of the New Orleans Saints.
  • Plaxico Burress was indicted for failure to pay taxes.


  • The NCAA argues scholarships will be cut if players are paid.
  • Discussing the Title IX implications of cost of attendance stipends. Andy Schwarz addresses the myth that paying athletes would lead to Title IX violations.  More on full cost of attendance.
  • New NCAA Division I Vice President Kevin Lennon aims for transfer rule changes.
  • The SEC and ACC want a national rule prohibiting satellite camps. Justin Sievert looks at the issue.


  • Nathaniel Grow on MLB’s evolving luxury tax.
  • Alex Rodriguez reacts to the Yankees refusing to pay his $6 million bonus for home run 660.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals are suing a local nonprofit for scalping tickets.
  • Prosecutors could appeal the reversal of Barry Bonds’s obstruction of justice conviction to the Supreme Court.
  • Wrigley rooftop owners closer to resolving foreclosure suit.

Best of the Rest

  • ESPN has sued Verizon for offering sports-free TV bundles. The full lawsuit.  More from Clay Travis on the potential ramifications.
  • DraftKings faces a new class action lawsuit for false advertising.
  • A new antitrust suit is coming in boxing.
  • Hedge funds eye more transfer fees as FIFA’s third party ownership ban approaches.

About Ian Gunn

Ian is a New Orleans attorney and a 2014 graduate of Tulane University Law School with a certificate in sports law. Before practicing law, he worked for the legal departments of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the San Antonio Spurs. He also interned for a player representation agency and an international stadium management company. At Tulane, he served as the Editor in Chief of The Sports Lawyers Journal, Senior Managing Editor of The Sports Lawyer, and as an officer for the Sports Law Society. Prior to attending Tulane, Ian graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in philosophy, B.S. in psychology, and minor in political science.

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