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Former UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino was elected president of FIFA this week. Photo: Walter Bieri/Keystone

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 Jason Pierre-Paul’s suit against ESPN, more on the New Jersey sports betting case, and the ongoing FIFA reform.


  • Michael McCann scouts the Deflategate appeal panel. Here are the judges’ court bios.
  • Arbitrator orders NFL to return $100M+ withheld from players.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN and Adam Schefter for posting his medical records. Deadspin has the complaint.  Tony Iliakostas predicts Pierre-Paul will lose the case.
  • Here’s the Eighth Circuit decision denying former players’ right of publicity claims against the NFL.
  • St. Louis lawsuits add cost to Rams’ relocation.
  • DeSean Jackson wins court case in dispute with Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000.
  • Steph Stradley: why the NFL should give the Patriots their draft picks back.
  • Video: Tony Iliakostas discusses the Johnny Manziel domestic violence investigation.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Justin Fielkow: Handicapping the New Jersey sports betting rehearing en banc. Part II of John Brennan’s recap of the oral arguments.
  • FanDuel and DraftKings filed their opening appellate briefs in New York.
  • Penn Sports Law Symposium DFS panel slams DraftKings and FanDuel legal strategy.
  • Virginia becomes first state to send DFS regulatory bill to governor.
  • Mississippi bill would legalize DFS.


  • FIFA reduces bans of Sepp Blatter and Michael Platini to six years.
  • FIFA approves reform package including term limits and more.
  • The new president of FIFA is a lawyer: Gianni Infantino.


  • Nathaniel Grow explains the legal implications of Jose Reyes’s indefinite suspension.
  • Buster Olney: Manfred’s domestic violence verdicts should be based on facts, not perception.
  • Tony Iliakostas: agent Bart Hernandez faces uphill legal battle over human trafficking charges.


  • Andrew Sensi explains why the NCAA could have suspended Grayson Allen for tripping opponents.
  • Jon Solomon and Andy Schwarz write about Jim Harbaugh, spring break, and NCAA rules.

Best of the Rest

  • NBPA establishes new regulations and increases fees for agents.
  • USOC and USATF file motions to dismiss Nick Symmonds’s antitrust lawsuit.
  • What’s in a name? Lessons in sports trademarks.
  • Podcast: Andy Katz and Rick Klein discuss the Haywood case, Supreme Court sports cases, and the Rio Olympics.

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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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.