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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 likely end of Deflategate, a potential Olympic ban on Russian athletes, and Draymond Green’s arrest.


  • The Second Circuit denied Tom Brady’s petition for rehearing in Deflategate. Here’s the order.  Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s statement.  Steve Silver argues this is what the NFLPA signed up for.  Brady announced that he will not seek a stay from the Supreme Court.  Nathaniel Grow explains why that’s a smart  But the NFLPA may fight on.  If the NFLPA does take it to the Supreme Court, history shows there might be a chance.  Video: Dan Wallach says Deflategate will be remembered for its insanity, not a referendum on Brady’s legacy.  Michael McCann explains why Brady walked away and what might be next.  Michael Dwyer recaps the “absurdist performance art” of Deflategate and the end of the “long national farce.”  Michael Hurley: this case was about the vindication of Goodell’s power.
  • NFL teams must now give 24 footballs to referees for pregame testing.

The Olympics

  • Anti-doping officials expected to ask that Russia be barred from the Rio Olympics.
  • Michael McCann discusses how Draymond Green’s arrest could impact Team USA and his career. Katlyn Gregg also examines whether endorsers will use morals clauses to affect Green’s income.  Here’s the police report from the incident.  Green’s pre-trial conference will be held this week to avoid conflict with the Olympics.
  • George Powell discusses Nick Symmonds’s case against the USOC.


  • Nathaniel Grow dissects Rob Manfred’s and Tony Clark’s statements on minor league wages.
  • The Nationals have lost their bid to force the MASN TV dispute into MLB arbitration.
  • MLB’s probe of the Cardinals for hacking the Astros is still on hold.
  • Florida fitness guru sues MLB over Biogenesis crackdown.


  • Judge gives preliminary approval to $75 million settlement of concussion claims against the NCAA.
  • Former running back Glenn Capriola has sued Boston College and the NCAA over concussions.
  • Thomas Baker: from Board of Regents to O’Bannon, how antitrust and media rights have influenced college football.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • West Virginia’s AG has issued an opinion on the legality of fantasy sports.
  • Maryland comptroller proposes DFS regulations.
  • NFL lawyer says there’s a strong league contingent focused on sports betting.

Best of the Rest

  • Judge orders NHL’s insurer to produce medical records in concussion lawsuit.
  • How did star athletes lose millions in a ticketing fraud scheme?
  • Andrew Brandt discusses his sports law experiences in an interview with Above the 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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