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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 NCAA problems in Mississippi, the latest on the New Jersey sports betting case, and the looming disciplinary problem for Ezekiel Elliott.


  • John Sigety looks at the potential consequences for Ezekiel Elliott after an alleged altercation at a club. Is Jerry Jones influencing the NFL’s investigation of Ezekiel Elliott?  Documents reveal a mysterious relationship between prosecutors and the NFL.
  • Domonique Foxworth argues decertification of the NFLPA and other unions could pay off big. But Patrick Hruby says the NFL’s growing class divide could undermine a potential player strike.
  • Judge Alsup denies remaining claims in NFL painkiller lawsuit.
  • Judge Brody moves to halt deceptive practices around NFL concussion settlement. Some who have opted out of the concussion settlement have requested their cases be remanded to state court.
  • NFL ducks cheerleaders’ antitrust suit.
  • Congressional panel questions NFL about promised funding of concussion research.
  • Q & A with Buccaneers Assistant General Counsel, Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Ryan Rodenberg filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the New Jersey sports betting case. Dustin Gouker summarized the brief.  Here’s Rodenberg’s full brief.  What are the NCAA’s options if New Jersey wins?
  • DraftKings and FanDuel canceled their planned merger after FTC obstacles.
  • California proposes legal sports betting constitutional amendment.
  • Is Adam Silver a hypocrite on sports gambling?


  • Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns after information reveals he had ties to an escort service. Michael McCann looks at the Houston Nutt lawsuit that brought down Hugh Freeze.
  • Judge orders Baylor to produce records in Title IX lawsuit.
  • NCAA appeals committee upholds findings against former Ole Miss women’s basketball coach.
  • Mississippi State self-reports secondary violations.
  • Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit paved the way for Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State.

Best of the Rest

  • Vegas gambler in the Mickelson insider trading case gets 5 years in prison. Jeffrey Toobin: Phil Mickelson was fortunate to escape criminal liability in the case.
  • Court of appeals affirms vacatur of Orioles and Nationals arbitration award for evident partiality.
  • Brazilian appeals court clears Ryan Lochte of bogus criminal charges stemming from Olympic incident.
  • USA Gymnastics makes legal hires amid sexual abuse scandal.
  • The new MLB collective bargaining agreement has been released. Here’s the full document.

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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The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to.  This week’s edition of Sports Law Links features the FBI’s college basketball investigation, the New Jersey sports betting case, and more.

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