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Sports Law Update: NFL Edition

Our weekly sports law links have been on a brief hiatus, but we want to make sure you’re caught up on the top sports law news around the country, so this week we’ll be updating you on the news you might have missed.

The Redskins notched a big win off the field at the Supreme Court, and they weren’t even technically involved.  The Supreme Court ruled that disparaging trademark registrations can’t be denied in a ruling that significantly helps the team.  Why it’s a victory for the Redskins.  The Redskins have already sent a letter to the Fourth Circuit seeking a reversal.  And on cue, the government has conceded the case.  Here’s the letter DOJ sent to the Fourth Circuit agreeing that the Redskins have won.

While the Redskins case was stayed at the Fourth Circuit, the court granted a retired player disability benefits due to CTE.  Speaking of CTE, NFL players still have until August 7 to register concussion claims.  A judge has granted immunity to NFL concussion settlement special masters.  Here’s the order.  And despite the NFL concussion settlement, the CTE lawsuits continue.  The Estate of Adrian Robinson filed a concussion lawsuit against the NFL and Riddell.  Sheilla Dingus says that the Adrian Robinson CTE lawsuit paints a stunning picture of deceit.  Darrelle Revis won’t face NFL discipline after dismissal of his felony assault charges.

On the sidelines, a judge ruled the Buffalo Jills cheerleaders are employees.  Meanwhile, a federal judge dismissed a class action cheerleading suit alleging NFL teams conspired to suppress wages.

Best of the Rest

  • NFLPA ramps up fight over rookie contract language.
  • NFL settles with charity over gambling policy to avoid Goodell deposition.
  • Does Colin Kaepernick really have a collusion case?
  • Former NFL player loses ERISA lawsuit over disability benefits.
  • Can’t make it up: Packers fan who happens to be a Bears season ticket holder sued the Bears for not allowing him to wear his Packers jersey.
  • What does the Raiders’ new Vegas stadium betting policy mean for sports betting?
  • In non-NFL football news, a California court dismissed concussion claims against USA Football, and a couple was busted for creating a fake football league to scam investors.

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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