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Greg Hardy, previously on the Commissioner's Exemption List was suspended 10 games by the NFL this week.

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 NFL concussion settlement, more on the UAB financial picture, another Barry Bonds legal victory, and much more information on fantasy sports.


  • Sports torts: Jeremy Jarrett looks at fan violence in NFL stadiums.
  • Judge Brody has given final approval to the NFL concussion lawsuit. Co-counsel for the players said an appeal would be “selfish.”
  • The NFL has suspended Greg Hardy for 10 games for his domestic violence incident. Jane McManus argues that Goodell got it right this time.  The NFLPA plans to fight the suspension.
  • The fight over Saints owner Tom Benson’s mental fitness will take place out of public view now that the case record has been sealed.
  • A look at Lawrence Tynes’s case against the Buccaneers over his MRSA infection.
  • The First Amendment and the Redskins’ trademark.
  • FanDuel signs deals with 15 NFL teams, increasing integration.
  • The Carson City Council has approved a proposal for a Los Angeles area stadium to attract the Raiders and Chargers.


  • The NCAA has released the full decision on Oklahoma State’s infractions.
  • Daniel Rascher and Andy Schwarz released a study indicating that the UAB football program actually made money. Here’s the full study.  Schwarz boils down some of the accounting details into this pithy parable on donuts.
  • A judge has ruled against ESPN, holding that Notre Dame’s campus police records are not public.
  • Michael McCann analyzes the civil lawsuit against Jameis Winston.
  • Aid allowance fluctuations raise questions of fairness.
  • The NCAA Division II Management Council voted to keep “street drug” testing for drugs such as marijuana at Division II championships.


  • The Ninth Circuit has reversed Barry Bonds’s conviction for obstruction of justice. All of the opinions are here.
  • Inside Alex Rodriguez’s potential arbitration with the Yankees over home run 660.
  • What’s next for Josh Hamilton and his legal dispute with the Angels?
  • Wrigley rooftop owners have dropped their lawsuit against the city of Chicago.
  • The Cubs have filed suit against Whole Foods over a trademark dispute about a breakfast cereal.
  • Daniel Werly and Robert Bressler: two issues for MLB’s next CBA.
  • More on the minor leaguers’ minimum wage lawsuit against MLB, now in the discovery phase.

Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Daniel Wallach explains why statutory interpretation rules may be key to New Jersey’s sports betting victory.
  • Adam Silver: gambling is good for business.
  • Factors states must consider when regulating fantasy sports. More on the evolving landscape of fantasy sports.
  • Kansas’s Attorney General issued an opinion stating that fantasy sports leagues are not illegal under Kansas law. Here’s the full opinion.

Best of the Rest

  • Tony Ressler wins the bidding to purchase the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for around $850 billion.
  • Brazilian soccer’s financial disarray begins to show on the field.
  • Sponsorship and data trends in sport: legal issues for sponsors and rights holders.
  • Kevin Carpenter on retrospective trial by video evidence in sports.
  • Federal prosecutors are exploring obstruction of justice charges against former NHL financial advisor Phil Kenner.
  • An EU perspective on non-traditional trademarks in sports.

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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