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It's not just the NFL that has a concussion lawsuit problem. Jimmy Snuka and 50 other retired wrestlers filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., claiming the enterprise "placed corporate gain over its wrestlers' health, safety and financial security, choosing to leave the plaintiffs severely injured and with no recourse to treat their damaged minds and bodies."

Like previous lawsuits against the NFL and NHL, the WWE claim alleges that the league knew about the long-term neurological effects of wrestling and hid them from athletes. Here's a look at how the latest brain injury lawsuit mirrors and differs from those filed before.

We all want to believe in the integrity of sporting contests, and believe that all of the athletes involved are on a level playing field, physically at least. Hence the drive to define performance enhancing drugs, the continuous testing of athletes, and the hysteria over positive tests.

And while it's easy to become apathetic to the latest reports of doped up athletes -- it may be harder to find the clean ones these days -- some stories are so big they can't help but shock you. Here are three of the biggest doping scandals that still reverberate with fans today:

Over the past year, few have fought as hard or as vocally against daily fantasy websites as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman's office was among the first to begin investigating sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, and soon the AG was demanding that the sites stop taking New Yorkers' money and even return money they had accepted previously. But the icy relationship between NY and DFS may be warming a bit.

The state legislature approved a bill that would legalize and regulate daily fantasy sites last week, perhaps looking for a piece of the billion-dollar online gambling pie. But no touchdown dance yet -- the bill still needs approval from the governor.

We can quibble about whether certain substances are in fact performance enhancing, and we point out that global anti-doping agencies don't always have the most due process-friendly testing and punishment schemes. What we can all agree on, though, is that you can't have one country's drug testing authorities surreptitiously swapping out tainted urine, destroying incriminating samples, and having drug testers threatened by federal security agents.

So it's hard to gather any sympathy for Russia's track and field team, which will be barred from the Olympics in Rio this summer, punishment for the largest drug scandal since East Germany was secretly doping its own athletes in the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

The wide world of sports often exists free of the laws that govern our behavior normally. For instance, cops aren't arresting hockey players for assault and battery after a fight. And teams can punish players for their off-field behavior, even if the authorities don't.

Every now and then, though, federal lawmakers dip their regulatory toes into the sporting water. The Washington Post recently took a look at when, why, and how Congress gets involved in sports, and it got us thinking about other famous (and infamous) times the legislative branch turned its eye to the playing field.

If any state should know skier and ski resort liability law, it's Colorado. Home to Vail, Aspen, and a couple dozen other world class ski destinations, the Mile High State has been a Mecca for skiers and snowboarders for decades.

So when the Colorado Supreme Court tells you avalanches are one of the "inherent dangers and risks of skiing," it's hard to argue. The ruling further shrinks liability for ski resorts, which were already immune from lawsuits stemming from injuries due to weather, snow, or terrain conditions.

At this point, it can be hard to keep track of which states allow daily fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which states have declared it illegal gambling and banned it, and which states have some new regulatory law in place. (Lucky for you, an upstart, independent sports media entity with no vested interest in the success of one of those sites has a handy guide to help.)

The latest developments are coming from the Gem State and Volunteer State, where one state booted DraftKings and FanDuel, while the other declared fantasy sports "illegal gambling" weeks before passing sweeping legislation regulating and taxing daily fantasy sites.

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held hearings yesterday to examine the legality of daily fantasy sports and whether further federal oversight is needed to regulate the industry. But some major players were missing from that hearing, most notably representatives from DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest daily fantasy ventures, or anyone from any of the major sports leagues or media companies partnering with daily fantasy sites or pushing their products.

So were the hearings a tree falling in the forest, or a breakthrough for daily fantasy sports?

Sports, like any other profession or pastime, has had its share of lawbreakers. From your petty shoplifters to your international conspirators, athletes are just as likely to wind up on the wrong side of the law as the rest of us. The only difference is there's normally a much bigger spotlight on Pacman Jones than your Average Joe.

Here are five of the most infamous criminals from the wide world of sports:

The ongoing saga of the State of New York and its attorney general Eric Schneiderman versus DraftKings and FanDuel has been an entertaining one. Schneiderman declared the daily fantasy sites "constitute illegal gambling under New York law," ordered them to stop taking bets in the state, and then asked for New Yorkers' money back. In December, a New York Supreme Court judge issued an injunction against the companies that was later suspended by another court.

And after all that, it looks like Schneiderman has won (for now). DraftKings and FanDuel announced today that they will be suspending operations in New York, subject to a future change in the legal climate.