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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 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.

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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