Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to. This week’s edition features the Rams’ move to L.A., a host of NCAA decisions, match-fixing in tennis, and the latest legal issues facing the DFS industry.
- The Rams are moving to Los Angeles, and the Charges have a one-year option to move there as well. Andrew Brandt on the long road to L.A. and following the money. In losing the Rams, St. Louis dodges a major financial bullet. St. Louis fans are suing the Rams for fraud. Dan Werly looks at the fans’ case.
- Deflategate a year later: the anatomy of a failed controversy.
- The curious case of Chandler Jones and the NFL’s drug testing policy. Did Foxborough police violate public records law when handling Chandler Jones’s medical emergency?
- New Jersey man who sued NFL over Super Bowl ticket prices lacks standing.
- The Saints assert that Tom Benson’s former personal assistant must go through arbitration with Roger Goodell over unpaid wages claim.
- NCAA to let underclassmen return to college after trying out for the NBA.
- High school baseball draftees will now be allowed to have an agent negotiate with MLB teams without losing NCAA eligibility.
- NCAA announces former ULL coach arranged fraudulent test scores and acted unethically. Here’s the full ULL infractions decision.
- Here’s the full report on the Texas athletics academic misconduct allegations.
- Missouri announces impermissible benefits violations.
- An examination of the language governing athlete agents.
Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports
- Judge rejects prison sentences in international sports betting case.
- The Congressional Research Service released a report on the legal status of the DFS industry.
- American Indian tribes look for unity in the fight over legalizing DFS in California.
- State tax departments grapple with how to regulate the DFS industry.
- Virginia legislators consider framework to legalize DFS.
- Vermont AG says DFS games are illegal in the state. Dustin Gouker explains how Vermont fits in with the other states that have weighed in.
- Over 150 players filed for arbitration. Justin Sievert explains MLB’s salary arbitration process.
- Jose Reyes to stand trial for domestic abuse charges.
- Judge reduces jail time for MLB informant Anthony Bosch.
- MLB lawyers can’t reach settlement over Garber television suit as trial approaches.
- Minor leaguers weigh risks in minimum wage lawsuit.
- Sports law lessons learned from the career of Red Sox counsel Dave Friedman.
- Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid sanctioned for international transfers of minors.
- Guatemala arrests former soccer chief Brayan Jimenez amid FIFA probe.
- Nate Duncan discusses some of the issues facing the NBA ahead of the next CBA negotiations.
- NBPA files grievance on behalf of Matt Barnes over two-game suspension.
Best of the Rest
- A new BBC/Buzzfeed investigation alleges widespread match-fixing at the top levels of global tennis. More on the investigation.
- The latest on the Benson saga: mediation begins this week in a dispute involving non-voting shares of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
- The Law in Sport board reviews key sports law cases and developments in 2015.
- Jaime Miettinen: what you should know about the online fan-to-fan ticket marketplace.
- Part 1 of Kevin Carpenter’s review of the Rugby World Cup disciplinary process.
- A hockey player is suing the NHL and the Patriots over a spinal injury suffered during the Women’s Winter Classic.