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Jeff Miller, NFL senior vice president of health and safety policy, is seen last month. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

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 ongoing NFL litigation issues, including the concussion litigation and Deflategate.


  • Objectors to NFL concussion settlement file a letter with the Third Circuit related to the NFL’s admission of a link between football and CTE. The NFLPA applauded and lamented the NFL’s CTE admission.  Doug Farrar explains why the admission is a game-changer.  Tony Iliakostas says it’s a big deal.
  • Dan Werly examines the NFL’s punishment of the Chiefs for tampering.
  • Andrew Brandt looks at two ongoing NFL cases: Deflategate and the concussion litigation.
  • Could the NFL and NFLPA be working on a deal stripping Roger Goodell of disciplinary power?
  • Raymond Nhan explains why the Rams’ move to Los Angeles is a win-win-win situation.  Michael McCann and Robert Raiola: how California tax law and prices will cost Rams players.
  • Dan Werly analyzes the nineteen potential NFL rule changes.


  • The O’Bannon plaintiffs ask the Supreme Court to take the case.
  • Indiana appeals court rules in favor of ESPN, stating that Notre Dame’s police department is subject to open records law.
  • California Supreme Court denies NCAA’s petition, allowing Todd McNair’s defamation suit to proceed.
  • Book review: Michael Carrier reviews Indentured by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Marc Edelman: Are NCAA Tournament bracket pools legal?
  • Chance vs. skill in New York’s gambling law.

Best of the Rest

  • Dwight Howard caught using stickum against the Hawks.
  • Why minor league players should not be considered exempt employees under the FLSA.
  • WADA to consider new inquiries into Russian doping.
  • New York expected to legalize MMA this week.

About Andrew Sensi

Andrew lives in Reston, Virginia and works in a boutique firm which specializes in civil litigation and intellectual property. He has worked in sports at various levels and capacities since high school as a coach, manager, and in the legal department of a leading sports agency. Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 2012 with a certificate in Sports Law. While at Tulane, Andrew served as an officer for the Sports Law Society, and as Business Editor for The Sports Lawyers Journal. Prior to attending Tulane, Andrew graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a degree in Economics.

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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 new investigation into Baylor, NFL prison sentences, and another NBA ownership fight.

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