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Ole Miss has been charged for NCAA rules violations in three sports, including football. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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 more AG opinions on the illegality of DFS, the NCAA concussion settlement, tennis match-fixing, and more.


  • A guide to the key legal reforms considered at the NCAA’s 2016 convention.
  • Judge approves NCAA concussion lawsuit settlement. Paul Anderson explains the details.
  • University of California admits its negligence was a factor in football player Ted Agu’s death.
  • Here’s the settlement agreement between Florida State and Jameis Winston’s accuser. What’s the deal with the attorney’s fees in the settlement?  Winston’s accuser now wants the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ investigation records.
  • NCAA to charge Ole Miss with dozens of violations.
  • Penn State’s abuse scandal still sharply divides its board.
  • How Texas’s “Rooney Rule” affects athletics.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Hawaii’s AG says DFS contests are illegal. Here’s the news release.  In response, Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill to make DFS legal.
  • Mississippi’s AG: DFS is illegal here too. Here’s the opinion.
  • College player sues DraftKings and FanDuel over use of image. Here’s the complaint.
  • New lawsuit claims FanDuel and DraftKings violate Oregon law.
  • Dustin Gouker rounds up what the DFS industry is saying on the proposed Massachusetts regulations.
  • Check out Dan Wallach’s DFS chat on Deadspin.


  • USADA assists NFL in Manning HGH doping investigation.
  • The Jets will pay $324,000 to settle cheerleader wage lawsuit.


  • In an interview with Jeff Passan, Commissioner Rob Manfred discusses the Garber litigation, concussions, and domestic violence.
  • MLB owners debating revenue sharing ahead of collective bargaining.

Best of the Rest

  • Kevin Carpenter’s opinion on the tennis match-fixing allegations. Tennis to review its integrity unit to restore public confidence.
  • Even if the legal system passes over Blake Griffin for punching an equipment manager, the NBA can still have its say.
  • Tony Iliakostas discusses the New York AG’s investigation into the secondary ticket market. Here’s the New York AG’s report.
  • Golfing bodies discuss high priority of betting vigilance.
  • Sepp Blatter’s appeal hearing will be on February 16, 2016.
  • Dan Werly explains the new lawsuit against the New York City marathon.

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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Sports Law Links

The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to.  This week’s edition of Sports Law Links features the FBI’s college basketball investigation, the New Jersey sports betting case, and more.

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