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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 myriad legal issues around the NCAA, the Redskins’ appeal brief, and the continued scrutiny on daily fantasy sports.


  • New NCAA lawsuit challenges transfer rules requiring players to sit out a year if they change schools.
  • Seven questions for Ed O’Bannon. More on where the O’Bannon litigation stands.
  • Justin Sievert on the forgotten NCAA antitrust case.
  • EA Sports payouts to college athletes will be distributed soon.
  • Did Leonard Fournette’s family break NCAA rules?
  • Former basketball player sues University of Oregon.
  • College basketball coaches ask Supreme Court to preserve affirmative action at universities.
  • To preserve amateurism, separate the Power Five.
  • How can an unpaid athlete be fined for disciplinary reasons?
  • UNC records show deep dependence on fake classes.
  • At a crossroads: the state of college football and concussions.
  • The latest NCAA violation: Sacramento State football program.
  • Q & A with former Northwestern University president on amateurism and the NCAA.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Video: Justin Fielkow and Tony Iliakostas take an in-depth look at the DFS legal drama.
  • Pierre Garçon files right of publicity lawsuit against FanDuel.
  • John Brennan previews the New Jersey state assembly committee hearing this week on DFS. Dustin Gouker reviews the New Jersey DFS bill and says it would treat DFS much like regulated online gambling.
  • The latest on the New York attorney general’s investigation into DFS. Meanwhile New York’s state assembly has introduced a bill to regulate DFS.
  • Chris Grove explains the Massachusetts Lottery’s look at DFS.
  • Canada gets another shot at sports betting legislation.
  • Dustin Gouker reviews what the major professional sports leagues have to say about DFS and sports betting.
  • Support from pro leagues and reasonable legislation are positive signs for the DFS industry.


  • The Redskins filed their opening brief to the Fourth Circuit in the appeal of their trademark case. Alexandra Roberts: the Redskins’ latest legal defense is surprisingly clever.
  • Deadspin releases Greg Hardy investigation documents.
  • Reggie Bush to sue St. Louis over slip and fall injury.
  • Andrew Brandt: It’s time for the NFL to embrace gambling.
  • Bounty suit against the Redskins settled.


  • Avi Sommer: The impact of the qualifying offer this offseason.
  • Judge throws out the arbitration decision awarding the Nationals nearly $300 million from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Here’s the decision.  Nathaniel Grow explains the decision.

Best of the Rest

  • Judge dismisses StubHub’s antitrust lawsuit against the Warriors and Ticketmaster.
  • What’s next for Patrick Kane as his accuser withdraws from rape case.
  • German police raid the headquarters of the German Football Association over tax evasion allegations linked to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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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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 Supreme Court’s consideration of sports betting, a case that will impact the Redskins’ trademark, and more.

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