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Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court in Barcelona, Spain.

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 Messi’s tax fraud, problems at the Olympics, and more.


  • Dan Werly explains the NFL’s motion to dismiss the class action painkillers suit.
  • Pennsylvania AG closes LeSean McCoy investigation.
  • Ben Volin discusses why NFL player contracts are different from NBA contracts.
  • Paul Hornung has sued Riddell over concussions.

The Olympics

  • Jaime Miettinen explains how the IOC’s Rule 40.3 guidelines changed the advertising game for Rio.
  • Rachel Axon has a helpful update on the problems facing the Rio Olympics.
  • Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend.


  • University of Tennessee settles Title IX sexual assault lawsuit.
  • O’Bannon case takes a twist in new Supreme Court filing.
  • Georgia Southern staff members provided impermissible academic assistance.


  • Attorneys have sued Donald Sterling for failing to pay legal fees owed from his fight to keep the Clippers.
  • Salaries soar as the NBA grows its business.

Best of the Rest

  • Lionel Messi sentenced for tax fraud, though unlikely to serve prison time. Michael McCann explains the implications.
  • Samuel Mann provides an update on the minor league baseball wage lawsuit.
  • Lawyers discuss gambling in eSports.
  • WADA extends grace period for positive tests of meldonium until September 30.
  • Zach Zagger: What to watch for in sports law for the second half of 2016.

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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