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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 a number of MLB legal issues, the Texas AG’s DFS opinion, and the tennis match-fixing scandal.

MLB

  • MLB settled the Garber antitrust broadcast suit on the brink of trial. Nathaniel Grow discussed the impact of the settlement and provided an update after settlement terms were released.
  • MLB was investigating pitcher Yu Darvish after his brother was charged with running an illegal gambling ring. However, the league has cleared Darvish of any involvement.
  • Why prosecutors didn’t bring charges against Aroldis Chapman. Tony Iliakostas explains why Chapman may still face sanctions from MLB.
  • Jack Moore revisits the 2002-2003 collusion situation.
  • Video: Tony Iliakostas discusses Yoenis Cespedes and opt-out clauses.
  • Mets prospect suspended for PED use.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Texas AG declares fantasy sports illegal Here’s the opinion.  But don’t bet against DFS in Texas.
  • Illinois AG files motions to dismiss DFS lawsuits.
  • Oklahoma house bill proposes regulations on fantasy sports.
  • New Wisconsin bill proposes light regulations of DFS.
  • David Purdum recaps the optimism at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

NFL

  • Chargers apply to register trademarks for Los Angeles names.
  • Third Circuit affirms that plaintiffs have no standing to sue in Super Bowl ticket lawsuit. Here’s a copy of the decision.
  • Joe Nocera argues that the real scandal in Deflategate is the NFL’s behavior.

International

  • Michael McCann breaks down the issues and arguments in Lionel Messi’s tax fraud
  • Part Two of Kevin Carpenter’s review of the Rugby World Cup disciplinary process and sanctioning decisions.
  • Podcast: Claire Zovko discusses international sports law issues with Peter Ott on the Sports Law Biz Podcast.

NCAA

  • Andy Staples: how loss-of-value policies work and why they’re becoming more common.
  • NCAA probe of Southern Miss basketball program nears an end.

Tennis

  • British parliament will question tennis leaders over match-fixing allegations. Betting rings reportedly paid British tennis players for insider tips.  Tennis match-fixing should worry U.S. sports leagues.

Best of the Rest

  • Justin Fielkow discusses his sports law journey, the baseball rule, and legal issues in DFS.
  • Lance Armstrong wins summary judgment in case seeking repayment of U.S. Postal Service sponsorship money. Here’s the decision.
  • Allan Muir discusses the new emails released in the NHL concussion lawsuit.
  • Nick Symmonds files antitrust suit against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track and Field over sponsor advertising restrictions. Here’s the complaint.

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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