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 Jason Pierre-Paul’s suit against ESPN, more on the New Jersey sports betting case, and the ongoing FIFA reform.


  • Michael McCann scouts the Deflategate appeal panel. Here are the judges’ court bios.
  • Arbitrator orders NFL to return $100M+ withheld from players.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN and Adam Schefter for posting his medical records. Deadspin has the complaint. Tony Iliakostas predicts Pierre-Paul will lose the case.
  • Here’s the Eighth Circuit decision denying former players’ right of publicity claims against the NFL.
  • St. Louis lawsuits add cost to Rams’ relocation.
  • DeSean Jackson wins court case in dispute with Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000.
  • Steph Stradley: why the NFL should give the Patriots their draft picks back.
  • Video: Tony Iliakostas discusses the Johnny Manziel domestic violence investigation.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Justin Fielkow: Handicapping the New Jersey sports betting rehearing en banc. Part II of John Brennan’s recap of the oral arguments.
  • FanDuel and DraftKings filed their opening appellate briefs in New York.
  • Penn Sports Law Symposium DFS panel slams DraftKings and FanDuel legal strategy.
  • Virginia becomes first state to send DFS regulatory bill to governor.
  • Mississippi bill would legalize DFS.


  • FIFA reduces bans of Sepp Blatter and Michael Platini to six years.
  • FIFA approves reform package including term limits and more.
  • The new president of FIFA is a lawyer: Gianni Infantino.


  • Nathaniel Grow explains the legal implications of Jose Reyes’s indefinite suspension.
  • Buster Olney: Manfred’s domestic violence verdicts should be based on facts, not perception.
  • Tony Iliakostas: agent Bart Hernandez faces uphill legal battle over human trafficking charges.


  • Andrew Sensi explains why the NCAA could have suspended Grayson Allen for tripping opponents.
  • Jon Solomon and Andy Schwarz write about Jim Harbaugh, spring break, and NCAA rules.

Best of the Rest

  • NBPA establishes new regulations and increases fees for agents.
  • USOC and USATF file motions to dismiss Nick Symmonds’s antitrust lawsuit.
  • What’s in a name? Lessons in sports trademarks.
  • Podcast: Andy Katz and Rick Klein discuss the Haywood case, Supreme Court sports cases, and the Rio Olympics.

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