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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 Adrian Peterson decision, the legalization of DFS in New York, and the ongoing legal problems of the Rio Olympics.

The Olympics

  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport has denied the appeal by Russian weightlifters and rowers to compete in Rio.
  • Brazil reportedly halted doping tests on its athletes leading up to the Olympics.
  • Michael McCann explains why the IOC views Puerto Rico as its own country in the Olympics.
  • The International Paralympic Committee has suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee for failing to comply with doping regulations.
  • Why Vegas is taking bets on the Olympics for the first time in a while.


  • The NFL has won its appeal against Adrian Peterson. Here’s the full decision.  Dan Werly thoroughly broke down the decision.  Michael McCann also discussed the decision.  Bob McGovern: the Summer of Goodell shows his power is unchecked.
  • Here’s the order dismissing Jim Turner’s Bullygate defamation lawsuit against Ted Wells.


  • Judge Wilken rejected the NCAA’s attempt to dismiss the Jenkins and Alston cases.
  • UNC has responded to the NCAA’s allegations in the academic fraud case.
  • Here’s the NCAA’s infractions decision on Missouri’s failure to monitor and other violations.
  • Podcast: interview with Ed O’Bannon.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • New York State of Mind: DFS is back in business in the Empire State after Governor Andrew Cuomo signs DFS legislation into law.
  • Nick Sortal and Dan Wallach explain how the New Jersey case could open the floodgates for sports gambling.
  • Will Green discusses the NBA’s complicated stance on sports gambling.

Best of the Rest

  • A copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of tattoos in NBA 2K games has been dismissed.
  • Dan Breen discusses the fine line of performance enhancement.
  • The Padres’ trades are drawing scrutiny over medical disclosures.
  • Arbitration and mediation provider sponsors PGA Tour player Marc Leishman.
  • SBJ interviews sports law professor Nathaniel Grow.

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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