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Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to.  Last week was the two-year anniversary of my first Sports Law Links column.  Thanks to everyone who reads and shares the column each week, and a special thank you to all the writers out there who provide such interesting pieces for us to read each week.  This week’s edition features the latest on the NBA CBA negotiations, the rift between the NCAA and UNC in the academic fraud case, and more.


  • NCAA rejects UNC’s arguments in academic fraud case and no longer views the university as a partner in the investigation. What did the NCAA know and when?  The answer is secret.
  • Rachel Axon reports on newly released information in the Baylor sexual assault scandal.
  • NCAA approves deal to distribute some television revenue based on academic performance.
  • Jake Armellani recaps a panel on the changing landscape of college athletics and the issue of paying college players.
  • Appeals committee upholds violations by Hawaii men’s basketball coach.


  • Michael McCann explained why the NBA may dodge a lockout, and what terms a new CBA could include. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the new CBA will have a mutual opt-out after six years and also reports on more details of the potential terms of the agreement.


  • Blake Yagman reviews the playing field for NFL CBA negotiations.
  • Aldon Smith applies for reinstatement after substance abuse ban.
  • NFL fan violence continues to escalate.


  • Rob Manfred is optimistic about agreeing to a new CBA before December.
  • In the midst of their World Series run, the Cubs continue to actively enforce their trademarks.
  • Interview with a sports lawyer who blends baseball analytics and the law.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • DraftKings and FanDuel are reportedly finalizing terms of a merger.
  • David Purdum and Ryan Rodenberg examine what the future of sports betting may look like.


  • Jason Cruz discusses Jon Jones and the first USADA arbitration appeal under UFC’s new anti-doping policy.
  • France bans MMA, and the national federation there plans to fight back.

Best of the Rest

  • Conduct Detrimental is a new sports law podcast hosted by Dans Wallach and Werly that deserves your attention. Their first episode was on the Derrick Rose trial.  The second episode discusses the Josh Brown case.
  • CAS strips Rita Jeptoo of Boston Marathon title and hands down four-year doping ban.
  • Nick Symmonds appeals his advertising rights lawsuit against the USOC and USATF.
  • Former USA gymnast files suit alleging sexual abuse by a USA Gymnastics doctor, with knowledge of the Karolyis. Here’s the full complaint.

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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