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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 DraftKings-FanDuel merger, the New Jersey sports betting case, and a new NCAA transfer lawsuit.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • DraftKings and FanDuel finalize their merger. Here’s the Q & A that DraftKings emailed to customers.
  • Could New Jersey have a better chance at Supreme Court review this time around? Five states, the American Gaming Association, and three policy groups filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court in the New Jersey sports betting case.
  • Dustin Gouker lays out how Adam Silver’s stance on sports betting looks like “do as I say, not as I do.”
  • New Jersey lawmakers file resolution asking Congress to lift the ban on sports betting.


  • Former Northwestern basketball player files antitrust suit challenging NCAA transfer rules. Steve Silver analyzes the suit.  Dan Werly writes that the assault on the NCAA continues.
  • Court rules against ESPN that Notre Dame police don’t have to release student athlete crime reports.
  • NCAA finds that Southern University lacked institutional control by failing to monitor eligibility certification process. Here’s the full infractions decision.


  • The NFL has settled its predatory ticket pricing case with four states and the District of Columbia. Here’s the full settlement agreement.
  • Challengers of the Redskins trademark have filed an amicus brief in the related Slants case.
  • Andrew Brandt discusses how increasing legal acceptance of marijuana could impact NFL pain management.


  • Kevin O’Connor reports on expected changes to the upcoming NBA CBA.
  • Preston Barclay discusses improving the NBA CBA.
  • Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling settles lawsuit with the NBA over sale of the team.


  • Trial court officially dismisses the Payne v. MLB fan safety lawsuit. Here’s the full order.
  • An update on MLB’s upcoming CBA expiration, labor peace, and what’s next.

Best of the Rest

  • The NHL is using the Olympics as a bargaining tool to extend the CBA.
  • Interview with a sports lawyer: Melissa Altman, counsel for AMB Group.

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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