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Sports Law Links - MLB, NBA

Our daily coverage of recent sports law developments continues today with baseball and basketball. The Wrigley dispute continues, Rob Manfred looms large on Pete Rose and the international draft, and everyone has an opinion on NBA draft eligibility.


  • The Cubs and Wrigley rooftop owners continue their fight over the Friendly Confines. Here’s the Cubs’ opposition to the rooftop owners’ motion for a preliminary injunction. Here’s a recap of the preliminary injunction hearing. One rooftop owner was indicted on federal fraud charges.
  • The MLBPA is on good terms with Alex Rodriguez a year after he dropped his lawsuit against the union. A-Rod’s cousin pleads guilty in the Biogenesis case.
  • Nathaniel Grow on the MLBPA’s problem regarding Kris Bryant and player earning power. MLBPA not happy about Bryant’s demotion.
  • Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball.
  • MLB is investigating Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart over gambling allegations.
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred had more supportive comments about an international draft.
  • Roger Clemens has settled the defamation lawsuit filed against him by his former trainer Brian McNamee.
  • Baseball fans will soon be able to stream home games online.
  • A recent article looks at Korean baseball’s reserve clause and how it affects American baseball players.
  • Union workers have been visiting spring training games to support minor league players in their wage lawsuit. They passed out leaflets at two Cactus League games.
  • MLB is considering a draft combine to assess players’ health.
  • MLB agent Danny Lozano has won his arbitration against his former partners.


  • StubHub has filed a lawsuit against the Golden State Warriors and Ticketmaster, alleging that the two are conspiring to create an illegal resale market by obligating season-ticket holders to sell only through Ticketmaster. A copy of the complaint here.
  • Warren Zola’s annual NBA draft eligibility rant. Micah Rice: adopt MLB’s policy. No consensus from coaches on the one and done rule.
  • A new proposal would extend the NBA draft withdrawal deadline. More from Andy Katz on the proposal.
  • The league confirmed that there will be no smoothing to avoid the substantial salary cap jump in 2016.
  • Could the NBA be looking at a labor crisis in 2017?
  • Basketball agent Arn Tellem’s recommendations on how to fix the D-League.
  • Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling has added his wife and two doctors as defendants in his suit against the NBA.

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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