Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines, so you don’t have to. This week’s edition features Johnny Manziel, Dennis Wideman, Maria Sharapova, and a new NCAA transfer lawsuit.
- John Sigety looks at the referral of Johnny Manziel’s case to a grand jury and his potential suspension from the NFL.
- Lisa Starr transcribed the Deflategate appeal hearing transcript. You can purchase a copy from her company’s website. Dan Wallach tweeted out the transcript last week, and I provided analysis on Twitter. Michael McCann says not to write off Tom Brady yet. Sally Jenkins says the NFL deflated the truth in its Second Circuit appeal hearing.
- The NFL has fined the Chiefs and stripped two draft picks for violating tampering rules related to Jeremy Maclin.
- NFLPA tells agents to reject inappropriate language in Rams contracts.
- Tony Iliakostas says that Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant’s chances of fighting his suspension look grim.
- Judge rules that NFL’s pension plan must pay disability benefits for former player’s brain injury.
- Mike Florio: would the NFL ever tie compensation to cap percentage?
- Arbitrator cuts Dennis Wideman’s suspension to ten games. Sean Dotson explains why it wasn’t a complete loss for the NHL. Here’s the arbitrator’s decision.
- Will the NHL encounter problems with attempting to change the draft age?
Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports
- New Virginia DFS law divides fantasy operators.
- Daily fantasy sports cope with uncertain future.
- New Jersey lawmaker introduces bill to regulate and tax DFS.
- Podcast: New Jersey doubles down on sports betting.
- John Brennan recaps Adam Silver’s SXSW discussion on legalizing sports betting.
- Sean Dotson explains the new NCAA lawsuit challenging transfer rules and scholarship limits. Here is the full complaint.
- Foreign trade in college basketball: is there a link between booking tours and landing recruits?
- U.S. authorities charged another defendant in FIFA corruption probe. The Swiss and French conducted a raid on FIFA’s Paris office.
- Analyzing FIFPro’s challenge to FIFA’s transfer system.
- Maria Sharapova admits taking banned substance. Mathew Jessep explains the situation and the consequences. Cari Grieb looks at the impact on gender pay equity.
Best of the Rest
- MLB and MLBPA start CBA negotiations with strong turnout from players.
- Dan Werly breaks down the Flash Seats ticketing lawsuit against the Timberwolves.
- Pop Warner settles wrongful death lawsuit: could it pave the way for more suits?
- Should Olympians pay taxes on their medals?
- Woman injured by foul ball sues the Pirates and MLB.
- CFL accused of violating minimum wage laws.
- Law in Sport has a helpful list of fifty articles and podcasts on sports doping issues.