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Former IU law dean working on sports disputes in Sochi

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Gary Roberts, with his wife Donna (far right) and WTHR producer Cyndee Hebert (center) Gary Roberts, with his wife Donna (far right) and WTHR producer Cyndee Hebert (center)
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So far, it's been a light workload for Gary Roberts, the former Dean of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Roberts is on call in Sochi a during the Olympics a member of CAS, the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

The panel is what athletes and governing bodies appeal to when there is a dispute.

Issues could range from eligibility to an athlete who is upset with results or equipment that may be faulty.

Roberts says so far there have only been three cases, which is considered an unusually light load.

So during all the downtime, Roberts is enjoying the competition with his wife Donna.

So far some of their favorites are hockey, curling and ski slopestyle. They have a car and driver; a top level hotel and access to IOC events at the Russia and USA House. They even saw Russian President Putin when he stopped by the USA House by surprise last week. 

After his one-year sabbatical, Roberts will return to the law school as a professor.  One of his classes is about American League Sports, but now he's considering adding a course on international sports law. 

Roberts says he is increasingly learning about the business, sponsorship and governing body aspects of sport.  He doesn't know if he will be asked to serve on the panel again in Rio, but he's up for it if asked.

To me, it looks like a good gig.  With the passes, access and all expenses paid, I think Roberts is seeing the Olympics in a way few ever will.  He knows he's lucky.  I also think he feels a bit guilty.  Perhaps another dispute will emerge in these final days. 

If not, look for Gary and Donna in the crowd at men's hockey!  Roberts is guaranteed a seat, and he's not going to let these golden moments slip by.

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