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Sports Law Links

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to.  This week’s edition features the New Jersey sports betting decision, MLB’s new domestic violence disciplinary policy, and the latest on Tom Brady’s case before Judge Berman.


  • What to expect from Tom Brady’s last hearing before Judge Berman. Michael McCann’s keys for what to look for from the hearing.  Why oral arguments showed Tom Brady should win on the argument of fundamental fairness.  The NFL and NFLPA filed dueling letters to Judge Berman last week.  My thoughts on the letters.  Michael McCann looked at how Brady and Goodell could reach a settlement.  Raffi Melkonian pens a tongue in cheek decision in favor of the NFL that Judge Berman could write.  Whatever Berman decides, litigation won’t end with his decision.  Stephanie Stradley explains why the case should matter to all fans.
  • Here’s a copy of the proposed settlement between the Bengals and their cheerleaders. The motion for preliminary approval of the settlement is here.
  • New class action complaint filed over DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.
  • The negligence trial against BB&T involving Ray Lewis, Santana Moss, and other players has begun.
  • A former player argues that a court botched deadlines in the concussion litigation settlement.
  • Disgruntled fans appeal ruling for Super Bowl seat mix-up.

Sport Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting denied on appeal. The Third Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling against New Jersey.  Here’s the full opinion.   Video: Daniel Wallach analyzes the decision.  Michael McCann, Daniel Wallach, and Alan Milstein discuss the future of New Jersey sports betting in light of the decision.  More on what’s next for New Jersey’s bid for sports betting.  The decision won’t stop the push for sports betting.  Why the case might qualify for en banc rehearing.  Will the ruling affect the fantasy sports industry?
  • What’s next in the fight for sports betting legalization?
  • Marc Edelman gave a speech on the legal status of fantasy sports.
  • Brent Holloway explains why daily fantasy sports regulations in Nevada should not be a concern elsewhere.
  • Fantasy sports bill in Michigan would classify daily fantasy sports a game of skill.


  • Dan Werly explains MLB’s new domestic violence disciplinary policy. Nathaniel Grow also examined the new policy.
  • MLB prevails over Barry Bonds in collusion case.
  • Why protecting fans at baseball games is complicated.
  • The judge in the minor league antitrust wage lawsuit against MLB suggested the case may be dismissed under MLB’s antitrust exemption.


  • Coaches are beginning to target athletes’ cost of attendance stipends.
  • Latest developments on the Baylor athletics sexual assault scandal.
  • Andy Schwarz: the NCAA has always paid its players, now it’s just harder to pretend they don’t.

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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