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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 Pechstein decision, the Sharapova ban, NCAA issues and more.


  • Members of Baylor’s recruiting class were suspended for team violations, then left.
  • Ivy League limits time demands on its athletes.
  • Jaime Miettinen looks at the ins and outs of Michigan’s Nike contract.
  • Andy Schwarz and Richard Volante: The Ninth Circuit decision in O’Bannon and the fallacy of fragile demand.


  • Michael McCann on the NFL’s legal options after the Roger Goodell Twitter death hack.
  • An arbitrator’s case for Tom Brady. Should Goodell settle with Brady?
  • NFL files reply brief seeking dismissal of CTE opt-out.


  • Michael Albert explains how the Minnesota Wild’s lawsuit could potentially the DFS legal landscape.
  • NHL files suit to vacate Dennis Wideman’s reduced suspension.


  • Nathaniel Grow examines the NCAA’s new agent rule and the MLB draft.
  • Let’s fix MLB’s suspension system.


  • Dan Werly breaks down U.S. Soccer’s legal win over the U.S. Women’s National Team players.
  • Eva Carneiro settles constructive dismissal claim against Chelsea.

Best of the Rest

  • German court rules against speedskater Claudia Pechstein, in favor of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Antoine Duval’s thoughts on the court’s reasoning.
  • Maria Sharapova receives two-year ban for violating doping rules. Here’s the full decision.
  • Bloomberg interviewed the Warriors’ and Cavaliers’ general counsels.
  • Thomas Baker looks at whether top athletes can copyright their tattoos.
  • Dan Werly previews this week in sports law.

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 a new investigation into Baylor, NFL prison sentences, and another NBA ownership fight.

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