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(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) Louisville's coach Rick Pitino was fired after an FBI probe uncovered recruiting problems.

Sports Law Links

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.


  • Sean Dotson looks at the FBI investigation that sent college basketball reeling. Jaime Miettinen dissects the dark underbelly of college athletics. Michael McCann’s questions about the college basketball recruiting scandal.  Nicole Hong looks at the unusual legal theories in the case. The FBI arrested USC assistant Tony Bland. Louisville will fire Rick Pitino.  The Justice Department has the full charges and related documents.
  • Rutgers receives two years of probation for failing to monitor its football program.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Dan Wallach has written the best in-depth analysis of sports betting legalization yet.
  • Ilya Somin: federalism itself is at stake in the New Jersey sports betting case.
  • PGA Tour to launch sports betting integrity program.



  • The Cubs are defending their trademarks along with their World Series title.
  • Diamondbacks sued over foul ball injury.

Best of the Rest

  • Appellate court upholds Buffalo Jills cheerleaders’ right to maintain a class action suit against the NFL and the Bills.
  • The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, after his arrest in an investigation into vote-buying.
  • TaylorMade hits back at PXG in iron patent case.
  • NASL alleges monopoly and conspiracy in lawsuit against US Soccer.

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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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.

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