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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 Wakeyleaks, the new NBA CBA, and the New Jersey sports betting case.


  • Supreme Court rejects challenges to NFL concussion settlement. Michael McCann weighs in on what comes next.
  • Seat license holder for St. Louis Rams seeks class certification in suit against the team for moving to Los Angeles.
  • Mike Florio: the league wants to ignore Deflategate II because it would require admitting it made a mistake when dealing with the Patriots.
  • Andrew Brandt on teams’ accounting
  • More on the epidemic of fan violence plaguing the NFL.


  • Louisville admits receiving information from fired Wake Forest radio announcer Tommy Elrod in what is being called Wakeyleaks. As part of their investigation, Wake Forest officials have reached out to Army.  Michael McCann’s analysis.  The father of Wake Forest’s quarterback considers legal action.


  • The NBA and NBPA reached a tentative agreement on a new seven-year CBA. The average salary will reach $8.5 million under the new deal.  Maury Brown: the new CBA means better benefits for players.  Biggest takeaways.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • In the Christie II sports betting case, the leagues have filed their brief in opposition to certiorari. John Brennan summarizes the brief and provides excerpts.
  • Chris Christie says Monmouth Park will have sports betting in 2017. Dustin Gouker: why the optimism?

Best of the Rest

  • Bombshell: 368 gymnasts allege sexual exploitation across America.
  • Law in Sport roundtable: what was the biggest sports law issue in 2016?
  • The Department of Justice revealed that an FBI agent leaked confidential information about the insider trading investigation of Phil Mickelson.
  • Dennis Rodman and Ricky Williams among pro athletes bilked out of millions by woman posing as financial advisor.
  • Assault charge dropped against Jeurys Familia.
  • NHL concussion spotters will monitor games from New York.
  • President Barack Obama signed into law the Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016, or the BOTS Act which is aimed at preventing the use of automated “bots” to purchase tickets through online sales portals.

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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Sports Law Links

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.

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