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The British people have voted to leave the European Union. Brexit could impact several sports leagues.

Sports Law Links

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the top sports law headline so you don’t have to.  This week’s edition features the sports implications from Brexit, legal issues at the Olympics, and a flurry of O’Bannon amici.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • DraftKings and FanDuel can still be sued in New York, despite new legislation legalizing DFS. Can the DFS success in New York generate momentum in other states?  Dan Wallach explains why New York’s fantasy sports legislation may still face a constitutional roadblock.
  • DraftKings has entered a partnership with the Canadian Football League.


  • Kristi Dosh explains why Brexit lessens one hurdle for NFL expansion to London.
  • Dan Werly discusses how Roger Goodell could be fired (and why he won’t be).
  • The NFL has filed for attorneys’ fees in the Patriots fans’ Deflategate lawsuit.
  • Dan Wallach offers his thoughts on the Second Circuit’s delay on the Deflategate rehearing.

The Olympics

  • WADA has suspended the accreditation of the Rio doping lab, just 42 days before the Olympics.
  • The marriage that led to the Russian track team’s Olympic ban.
  • Kuwait sues IOC for $1 billion over Olympic ban.

Best of the Rest

  • Sean Dotson discusses how Brexit could affect the Premier League and British soccer players.
  • Professors file amicus brief in O’Bannon supporting cert. Here’s the full brief.  The D.C. Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, a number of antitrust scholars, and the National Federation of State High School Associations also filed briefs.
  • Rob Harris has some thoughts on the USGA’s decision to withhold its U.S. Open ruling until after Dustin Johnson finished his round.
  • Dan Wallach looks at whether J.R. Smith has a right of publicity in his tattoos.

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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