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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 latest on Deflategate, NCAA litigation issues, and DFS injunction drama.


  • Deflategate Update: I explain where the case stands on appeal. Dan Werly reviews a new Deflategate amicus brief by a law professor and explains why it’s mostly irrelevant to the case.  Will Deflategate lead to changes in the NFL’s dispute resolution process?
  • Andrew Sensi explains how Congress gave us the gift of NFL football on Saturdays.
  • NFLPA outlines its proposal for neutral arbitration in the personal conduct policy.
  • St. Louis approves financing package for a new football stadium.
  • The Patriots and Foxborough have reached a temporary deal on ticket revenue.


  • NCAA appeals class action ruling in scholarship antitrust cases.
  • Iowa State objects to discovery requests made in NCAA antitrust litigation.
  • Alan Wilmot breaks down Steve Sarkisian’s wrongful termination suit against USC.
  • Update on the John Chavis vs. LSU lawsuit – LSU admits to making nominal alterations to the contract after signing.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Injunction junction: Justin Fielkow explains a drama-filled day in New York for DFS companies. Here’s the interim stay order granted by the New York appellate court in the case.
  • Maryland’s attorney general is reviewing the legality of fantasy sports websites.
  • NFL’s data deal blurs a line on gambling.


  • Swiss authorities examine 133 suspicious transactions linked to 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
  • After its past three presidents were indicted, CONCACAF will be run by committee.
  • A hemisphere of soccer corruption: the New York Times provides information on the DOJ charges and defendants.


  • Commissioner Rob Manfred denies Pete Rose’s request for removal from the permanently ineligible list. Paul Daugherty on baseball, Rose, gambling, and ethics.
  • Baseball’s new policy on netting has a catch.


  • Can athletes be fired for immoral behavior? Matthew Heimlich examines the NHL morality clause.

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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