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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 the latest NFL arbitration ruling, the U.S. women’s soccer dispute, and more.


  • An arbitrator has ruled on several issues of player discipline, confirming Roger Goodell’s authority to place players on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. Dan Werly has a thorough explanation.  Andrew Brandt’s thoughts on the ruling.  How might the ruling affect Tom Brady’s case?
  • Josh Gordon and the NFLPA may seek investigation of confidentiality breach. The NFL has denied Gordon’s reinstatement application.
  • Tom Curran and Michael McCann discuss the various potential Deflategate outcomes.
  • Former NFL players suing Riddell discover documents showing the NFL knew its helmets were flawed.


  • The U.S. women’s soccer dispute is a tangled web without easy answers. George Powell breaks down the case.  Both U.S. Soccer and the USWNT Players Association have filed motions for summary judgment.
  • Oskar van Maren looks at the TPO model for La Liga clubs.
  • John Ruggle reviews FIFA’s human rights problems and suggests solutions.


  • Justin Sievert examines Donnie Tyndall’s potential appeal against the NCAA.
  • NCAA finds that Samford failed to monitor its eligibility certification process.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Dustin Gouker explains why Maryland’s failure to pass its DFS bill could mean trouble.
  • Tip of the iceberg: DFS as a harbinger of future regulatory challenges.

Best of the Rest

  • MLB scores important victory in fan-safety lawsuit, with 25 of 30 MLB teams dismissed from the suit. Here’s the order.
  • WADA provides way for athletes to avoid sanctions for meldonium, the drug Maria Sharapova tested positive for.
  • Law in Sport reviews the findings of the IAAF ethics commission on doping.
  • Steve Bainbridge analyzes the UAE’s new law affecting the organization and hosting of sporting events.
  • New Florida law transforms high school sports eligibility.


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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