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 the fallout from Aaron Hernandez’s suicide, the NFLPA’s medical grievance, and more.


  • NFLPA files grievance against NFL for CBA medical violations. Here’s the full grievance letter. Sally Jenkins spits fire at the NFL over the issue.
  • A judge has vacated Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction after his suicide. But Hernandez’s estate remains unlikely to recover millions left on his contract from the Patriots. More analysis on this from Michael McCann.
  • Federal judge remands DeMeco Ryans’s turf injury lawsuit against the Texans to state court.
  • The NFL and its teams have lawyered up in the St. Louis relocation lawsuit.
  • NFL files notice of appeal in Art DeCarlo concussion lawsuit.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Chris Grove: here’s how America will get legal sports betting.
  • Dustin Gouker: the NCAA has a fantasy sports problem, whether it admits it or not.
  • Federal sports betting case ends with no prison time but a multi-million dollar fine.


  • An inside look at the stressful, chaotic lives of NBA agents.
  • Donatas Motiejunas is close to finalizing a lawsuit against the Rockets and the NBA over a contract dispute.


  • J. Perez and Kevin Allen look at Sidney Crosby’s possible concussion and the NHL’s concussion protocol.
  • The effect of the NHL’s CBA on European players and international hockey.

Best of the Rest

  • In the first of a series looking at compensating college athletes, I explained the NCAA’s conception of amateurism.
  • Former USA Gymnastics CEO’s deposition delayed so he can attend the Indy 500.
  • The Third Circuit has upheld the dismissal of Jay Paterno’s wrongful termination lawsuit against Penn State.
  • Joe Nocera takes a critical look at fan injuries and the baseball rule.

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