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Sports law doesn’t stop for the holidays.  This week’s edition of Sports Law Links features a host of NCAA issues, the new NBA CBA, sports gambling in the Trump presidency, and more.


  • Steve Berkowitz: new filings in the Alston case indicate possible settlement.
  • Rutgers receives notice of seven potential football violations.
  • NCAA issues third notice of allegations against UNC. Andrew Carter explains how we got here and what’s new in this notice.
  • Soccer player sues University of Connecticut for stripping scholarship after obscene gesture.
  • Steve Silver explains how the Restitution Rule punishes schools for obeying court orders.
  • Andrew Leonard: could E-sports lead the way to a fair future for college athletes?
  • Ford Sheild has a helpful timeline of the events in the Joe Mixon case.


  • Brian Windhorst and Larry Coon answer questions about the new CBA.
  • Danny Leroux looks at winners in the new CBA.
  • Eric Pincus looks at designated extensions in the new CBA.
  • As a result of Chris Bosh’s situation, the NBA will create medical panels to evaluate players. More details from Ira Winderman.
  • NBPA projects the salary cap will rise to $120 million by 2020.
  • From hip hop artist to general counsel: an interview with the Golden State Warriors’ David Kelly.

Sports Gambling and Fantasy Sports

  • Dan Roberts: could a Trump presidency spur legalized sports betting? More thoughts from four industry experts.
  • Bookmaker pleads guilty in online sports betting operation.


  • Prosecutors seek 97 months prison time for Wrigley rooftop owner in fraud case.
  • Rob Manfred talks potential future rule changes in baseball.

Best of the Rest

  • 2016 Retrospectives: Zach Zagger looks back at the biggest sports cases of 2016. Tony Iliakostas recaps his top five sports law issues of the year. Podcast: Conduct Detrimental recaps the sports law stories of December.
  • Two dozen sports agents discuss the evolution of their business and where the agency world is headed in 2017.
  • Matthew Heimlich breaks down the upcoming NHL expansion draft.
  • The White Bronco launches The Docket, a page for recent sports law documents.
  • Daniel Alfreds provides tips for sports rights holders concerned about the secondary ticket market.
  • IOC opens 28 new doping cases for Russian Olympic athletes.
  • MLB and NBA recognize the value of sleep in new labor deals.
  • FIFA extends sanctions relating to match manipulation and betting activity.

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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