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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 Derrick Rose trial, a new DFS lawsuit in New York, the end of O’Bannon, and Maria Sharapova’s arbitration win.


  • The Supreme Court declines to hear the O’Bannon case. No Cert for You: Sean Dotson explains what the decision means for the NCAA going forward.  Here’s the NCAA’s statement.  Joe Nocera: the legal fight over amateurism is far from finished.  Michael Carrier’s winners and losers.  What’s next for college sports? The Jenkins case.
  • Former UCLA football captain sues NCAA and Pac-12 over concussions. The NCAA faces seven more class action concussion suits.
  • Jon Solomon: what’s working and what’s not in NCAA enforcement of Ole Miss and UNC cases.
  • Women join Title IX suit against Baylor.
  • Amelia Curotto: would e-sports gamers want to be NCAA athletes?


  • The Supreme Court has denied the Redskins’ request to hear their trademark appeal early, before the Fourth Circuit does. Ford Shield discusses the case.
  • Concussion settlement objectors make one final attempt to reverse the settlement. Is the concussion settlement broken?
  • Michael McCann on the lessons and legacy of Deflategate.
  • Aqib Talib case draws more attention to NFL’s discipline power debate.
  • NFL institutes new rules for social media posting.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Anti-gambling group sues over New York fantasy sports law. Justin Fielkow analyzes the suit and concludes that the law isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  Here’s the complaint.  Dan Wallach’s analysis of the suit.  Here’s more information on the suit.
  • Horsemen first out of the gate to appeal sports betting case to the Supreme Court. Dan Wallach discussed the case before the appeal and also analyzed the NJTHA’s SCOTUS filing.


  • The NBA and NBPA are reportedly close to finalizing a new collective bargaining agreement.
  • Michael McCann assesses the developments of the Derrick Rose sexual assault civil damages suit. Dan Wallach and Dan Werly make arguments for each side in the Rose case.
  • Killian Commers: what massive NBA contracts mean for the league.


  • Sports Law History: I reviewed Finley v. Kuhn and how it impacted the power of league commissioners.
  • Rob Manfred: MLB isn’t opposed to paying minor leagues minimum wage, just opposed to the administrative burden of attempting to figure out if they are underpaid.

Best of the Rest

  • Maria Sharapova won her CAS appeal, getting her suspension reduced to 15 months. Here’s the full decision.  James Wold analyzes the decision.
  • Rachel Axon reports experts’ criticism of WADA and the need for better governance. Antoine Duval: reforming WADA after the Russian scandal.  Here’s the IOC’s statement about proposals to give WADA more control over national doping agencies.
  • Two great sports law podcasts this week: First, Mark Hovell speaks about life as a CAS arbitrator. Second, Michael McCann talks about a variety of sports law topics.
  • D.C. United’s new season-ticket agreement could stifle fans’ speech.

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 looks at the potential last step for O’Bannon, the trademark case impacting the Redskins, and the official end of Deflategate.

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