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Enes Kanter talks to the media in May about the revocation of his Turkish passport and his return to the United States. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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 host of NBA and NHL issues, Russian doping sanctions, combat sports, and more.


  • Enes Kanter takes on the Turkish government.
  • Zach Lowe: confidential arbitration provides insight into how the NBA handles domestic violence and sexual assault allegations.
  • Federal lawsuit could affect NBA approval of Pistons’ move.
  • NBA agent Dan Fegan wins arbitration decision and can continue representing clients.
  • Charles Oakley rejects plea deal in Madison Square Garden case.
  • Was Draymond Green tampering when he recruited Kevin Durant?
  • Light reading: the full property negotiation agreement between the Clippers and Inglewood.
  • Fan sues Zaza Pachulia for injuring Kawhi Leonard.
  • Yes, JaVale McGee agreed to pay $26,000 to settle a lawsuit involving his unauthorized hairless cat.
  • Larry Coon has updated his extremely useful Salary CAP FAQ to account for many of the changes in the newest CBA.


  • NHL bans players from Olympic participation and should expect a legal fight.
  • NHL salary cap expected to rise after NHLPA votes on escalator clause.
  • Gary Bettman and the NHL face questions about concussions.
  • Two retired Buffalo Sabres players join NHL concussion lawsuit.
  • Alderman threatens constitutional challenge to public financing of St. Louis Blues arena renovations.
  • Judge dismisses remainder of Derek Boogaard wrongful death suit against the NHL. John Smallwood: the decision is a message to all leagues.


  • FIFA admits workers have suffered human rights abuses during the construction of the 2018 World Cup arena in St. Petersburg.
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport uploads more than 100 new arbitration decisions.
  • Can Ronaldo win his tax case against Spain?
  • IOC chief says Russia will still face sanctions despite new anti-doping efforts. Meanwhile, WADA has given the Russian anti-doping agency limited testing powers.  And the International Paralympic Committee maintained its suspension of Russia.
  • Podcast: Sports law at an international law firm with Brian Socolow of Loeb & Loeb.


  • The Ninth Circuit rejects minor league wage lawsuit based on baseball’s antitrust exemption.
  • Umpire files racial discrimination suit against MLB.
  • Chief Wahoo legal challenge proceeds in Canada.
  • Former Philly “Wild Thing” wins suit against MLB Network for morals clause firing.
  • Charles Weeghman and why fans get to keep foul balls.

Combat Sports

  • Vegas court denies UFC’s motion to dismiss the Mark Hunt RICO, negligence, and breach of contract lawsuit.
  • Judge orders settlement discussions in WWE lawsuit.
  • Why is everyone against a UFC CBA, when fighters need one?


  • Andrew Brandt: Why NFL contracts are vastly different from NBA contracts.
  • Peter Sullivan breaks down the Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Lee, the case that resulted in a Redskins victory in the team’s trademark registration suit.
  • Dirty laundry: Eli Manning, the Giants, and a legal battle over game-worn memorabilia.

Best of the Rest

  • Michael Albert and Justin Fielkow discuss legal issues surrounding athletes’ advertising on Twitter.
  • Report reveals culture of secrecy, coercion, and medical malpractice in Nike’s Oregon Project. Chris Chavez and Michael McCann discuss the legal implications.
  • Judge rules that some of Vijay Singh’s claims against the PGA Tour can go to trial. Here’s the full decision.
  • Podcast: labor lawyer Jim Quinn talks Raiders, his career, and more.
  • USA Gymnastics needs a cultural change after sexual assault allegations. An investigator found that the number of victimized athletes is “far higher” than previously reported.
  • Lance Armstrong’s business partner and agent have reached a settlement of a federal lawsuit.
  • Darren Heitner: why I stopped being a sports agent.

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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