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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 features the Al Jazeera HGH allegations, the New York DFS fight, and the ongoing FIFA battles over corruption punishments.


  • Al Jazeera reporter says that a second “knowledgeable and credible” source confirmed HGH was sent to the Manning house. Can Peyton Manning beat Al Jazeera?  Could Al Jazeeera turn the tables on Manning?
  • A primer on the NFL relocating a team to Los Angeles. Goodell claims stadium proposals in Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego are unsatisfactory.
    Reggie Bush has sued the St. Louis Convention center over his “concrete ring of death” injury.  Dan Werly summarizes the suit.
  • Dan Werly: the biggest wildcard in Deflategate is Adrian Peterson’s case.
  • NFLPA revokes agent Ben Dogra’s certification.
  • Appeals court ruling signals trademark win for the Redskins.
  • House Democrats seek records relating to alleged NFL veto power in NIH concussion study.
  • Kirk Cousins files for trademark of “You like that.”
  • Judge rules Bills cheerleader class action lawsuit can move forward.


  • Ryans Zimmerman and Howard have filed suit against Al Jazeera for defamation. Michael McCann’s take on the lawsuits.  Nathaniel Grow explains why they’re unlikely to win. Andrew Sensi explains the important takeaways from the lawsuits.
  • Former Cardinals scouting director pleads guilty to hacking the Astros. It’s up to MLB to determine if more punishment is warranted for the Cardinals.
  • Nathaniel Grow previews the Garber case and the future of televised baseball.
  • Plaintiffs file opening brief in minor league wage antitrust appeal.
  • Why MLB might be the league to get domestic violence right.
  • Here’s a look at the telecast antitrust suits MLB is facing and the difficult future for small-market clubs.
  • New casebook: Baseball and the Law by Louis H. Schiff and Robert M. Jarvis.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • New York appeals court allows DraftKings and FanDuel to continue operating pending a decision. Here’s the DraftKings reply brief on the issue.  New York’s AG and FanDuel agree to extend the deadline for responding to the amended complaint until twenty days after the motion to stay is decided.
  • What will happen to DFS and sports betting in California once the smoke clears?
  • Indiana and Vermont introduce new bills to regulate DFS.


  • USC claims Steve Sarkisian’s lawsuit violates an arbitration agreement.
  • NCAA closes SDSU case without violations.
  • Hawaii may appeal the sanctions on its men’s basketball team.
  • The Paterno family is still battling the NCAA over access to documents.
  • Proposed Eddie Robinson rule would lead to more opportunities for minority NCAA coaching candidates.


  • How will Blatter and Platini challenge their bans?
  • Nine-year ban recommended for FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke.
  • FIFA’s ethics committee extends Worawi Makudi’s suspension by forty-five days.
  • Nicholas Siddall: a guide to fiduciary duties owed by club directors and remedies for breach of duty.

Best of the Rest

  • The latest issue of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport is out, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the ADA.
  • The introduction to the latest issue of the Journal of Sports Analytics focuses on sports law analytics and Spygate.
  • Here’s the full IAAF ethics committee decision on the Russian doping scandal.
  • Peter Perkowski discusses the intersection of pro sports, domestic violence, and immigration laws.
  • The NHL’s gift to players: no-movement clauses.
  • The IRS tees off on golf courses’ environmental tax claims.
  • Tony Iliakostas tells the story of how he created sports law’s first video blog.
  • Judge denies Derrick Rose’s sexual assault accuser’s attempt to remand the lawsuit to state court.
  • The Sports Lawyers Association Law Student Writing Competition is now accepting submissions.

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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