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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 New Jersey sports betting oral arguments, the Penn athletes’ NCAA lawsuit, and Gary Bettman’s decision on Dennis Wideman.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Oral arguments of the New Jersey sports betting en banc hearing happened last week. Here’s the audio of the arguments.  John Brennan summarizes the New Jersey sports betting saga and how we got here.  Brennan also reviewed Ted Olson’s and Ron Riccio’s arguments.  Joe Drape on the arguments: legal heavyweights enter Round 3 of the gambling case.  Michael McCann and Will Green: New Jersey faces an uphill battle. New Jersey’s efforts have helped push sports gambling legalization to the forefront.  Dan Wallach: “don’t expect New Jersey to raise the white flag if it loses.”  Will Green says it’s the end of the road for New Jersey.
  • Chris Grove: DFS legalization bills may authorize more sports betting than states realize.
  • Ryan Rodenberg summarizes where DFS legalization stands in all fifty states.
  • Canada considers single-game sports gambling legislation.


  • Judge dismisses NCAA wage lawsuit involving Penn track athletes. Jeremy Jarrett explains the decision, how mistakes were made, and what it means.  Here’s the decision.
  • Can college athletes be paid and remain students in the NCAA?
  • Judge tosses lawsuit by former UNC players over fake classes.
  • Will Justice Scalia’s death impact whether college athletes get paid?


  • Amy Lauricella and Dan Werly took a deep dive into the NFL’s reaction to domestic violence.
  • The NFL and NFLPA are reportedly progressing on a new deal on Goodell’s disciplinary role.
  • Ten years in, Andrew Brandt looks at Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner.


  • What Sam Miller learned from reading the MLB collective bargaining agreement.
  • MLB agent Bart Hernandez arrested for human trafficking.
  • Remembering Curt Flood and his lawsuit against MLB.


  • Commissioner Gary Bettman upholds twenty 20-game suspension for Dennis Wideman. The NHLPA plans to appeal.  Here’s Bettman’s decision.  Wideman’s appeal will be heard by Georgetown law professor James Oldham.

Best of the Rest

  • Antonin Scalia’s PGA Tour dissent exemplifies his legacy. Michael McCann: the sports law legacy of Justice Scalia.
  • How the feds took FIFA. James Tyler: everything you need to know about the FIFA scandal.
  • PGA Tour caddies plan to appeal their bib lawsuit.
  • Texas A&M and the Indianapolis Colts have settled “12th Man” trademark suit.
  • How WADA decides which substances to include on the prohibited list.
  • Here’s the latest issue of the World Sports Law Report.

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

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to. This week’s edition features the Supreme Court’s consideration of sports betting, a case that will impact the Redskins’ trademark, and more.

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