Apr 22

The Blitz – Weekend Edition – 4/22/17

Happy Weekend from Advocacy for Fairness in Sports and The Blitz

💡Concussion Discussion:

I had a few Twitter followers tweet this story to me.  I tweeted and put it on The Blitz the day it was published but it’s such an important story I decided to run it again.  I think every NFL fan should see this…so ICYMI


💉Painkiller Pandemonium:


🌿Cannabis Conversation:


⚡️Aaron Hernandez:

There were so many articles on the tragic life and death of Aaron Hernandez – from thoughtful opinion pieces and comments – to straight news – to insightful legal analyses – that I decide to compile what I felt were the best of the bunch .  You can find it all right here.

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Mike Peluso vs. NJ Devils

Don Henderson vs. Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames


Matt Heimlich’s breakdown of the initial lawsuit: The Dennis Wideman Suspension and Subsequent Legal Debacle
My breakdown of the verdict: Deflategate Legacy Lives on in Wideman Ruling

Chris Davis / Orioles errant bat lawsuit

Eli Manning / Giants memorabilia lawsuit


Minor League Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit

Joe Mixon

👮Crime Blotter:

Cardell Hayes sentencing for the murder of Will Smith

Cyrus Kouandjio

🏈NFL Sidelines:

Will Myles Garrett’s decision to sit out the draft put the NFL & NFLPA at odds?

Leaked Wonderlics

🎰Vegas Baby!

Officiating


⚾️MLB Pitches:


But this seems to be a positive change.


📓NCAA Notebook:


✊🏾 Athlete Activism:

I most often report on the controversies affecting the world of sports but always enjoy seeing the good athletes do which by far outweighs the bad.  As an animal lover and former rescuer, I thought this was especially cool.


Another endeavor worthy of applause! 👏👏👏

🖇This & That:


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Apr 19

The Blitz 4/19/17

NFL Blitz

The NFL – Is the shield soiled?

⚖️Conduct Detrimental:

In this new Conduct Detrimental episode, Daniel Wallach and Dan Werly take on the Aaron Hernandez “not guilty” verdict, Eli Manning and the Giants’ “Memorabiliagate” developments and the relocation lawsuit brought by the City of St. Louis against the NFL and how it may impact relocations going forward.  ❗️SPOILER ALERT❗️  Wallach says, “It may be time for the NFL to face a significant defeat.”  Make sure you give this a listen!

Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison cell:

Initial thoughts: I awoke to the news of Hernandez’s suicide, still pretty fresh at the time of this post.  If Hernandez was guilty of murder, which is likely, that can no way be condoned.  Yet still I see tragedy in so many wasted lives – those of the victim(s) as well as his own.


I can’t help but believe that in the worst of us there is a glimmer of good and in the best, a sliver of darkness.
As such, these are the images I can’t seem to erase from mind’s eye:

In view of all that’s happened, I thought it would be appropriate to link to this well done Sports Illustrated longform article which traces Aaron Hernandez’s downward spiral through the eyes of his brother.  Reading it only adds to the complex tragedy that turned so many lives upside down.

🏈NFL Concussion Settlement:

💉Painkiller Pandemonium:

New filing in the NFL Clubs painkiller lawsuit

A casual reading of the complaint would indicate players seek damages from concealment and masking of their injuries by way of imprudent use of painkillers, however . . .
(NOTE:) Apologies to regular readers if you’ve already seen this – but since it’s not getting a great deal of coverage, I thought I’d run it one more days for those who may have missed it.

It’s interesting to note that the NFL Clubs reference the players’ disability and workers’ compensation applications in order to infer that the injuries were football related and therefore outside the statute of limitations (which they would be if they were suing in that regard.)  I did a little digging and learned that all but four players (Evans – deceased; Renfro and Greene; and Ashmore (currently appealing a denial) were granted disability in some form.  Their argument is that the players were injured from playing football, which they were, but the Clubs attempt to divert the allegations of how players were pressured to play through injuries with the over-use of painkillers which amplified and exacerbated the problem.  The players state that it was many years after their injuries occurred, or for some, internal organ damage surfaced, that the correlation between the painkillers and their current health problems was realized.  The manner in which the Court views the statute of limitations will likely be one of the biggest factors and hurdles for the players to overcome in this case.

Remainder of #NFL Clubs #PainkillerLawsuit filing seeks Summary Judgment on Statute of Limitations grounds
PDF: https://t.co/FKx7LPjz3C

— Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) April 16, 2017

🏈Concussion Protocol:

🏈Cannabis Conversation:

⚖️Strikes for Kids vs. NFL:

🏈Raiders to Vegas:

⚖️Lane Johnson vs. NFLPA, NFL:

I’d love to see Lane Johnson pull this one out. Too many players have been suspended because they’re unsure of what’s legal.


This is status quo for the NFL, but it doesn’t seem right to see Jeffrey Kessler sitting on that side of the table.

⚖️City of St. Louis vs. NFL:

⚖️Eli Manning  Memorabilia Lawsuit:

✊🏾Player Activism:

🏈Joe Mixon:


🎉Celebration Penalties:


🖇This & That:

Apr 17

The Blitz 4/17/17 – Updated!

💉Painkiller Pandemonium & the Cannabis Conversation🌿

New filing in the NFL Clubs painkiller lawsuit

A casual reading of the complaint would indicate players seek damages from concealment and masking of their injuries by way of imprudent use of painkillers, however . . .

It’s interesting to note that the NFL Clubs reference the players’ disability and workers’ compensation applications in order to infer that the injuries were football related and therefore outside the statute of limitations (which they would be if they were suing in that regard.)  I did a little digging and learned that all but four players (Evans – deceased; Renfro and Greene; and Ashmore (currently appealing a denial) were granted disability in some form.  Their argument is that the players were injured from playing football, which they were, but the Clubs attempt to divert the allegations of how players were pressured to play through injuries with the over-use of painkillers which amplified and exacerbated the problem.  The players state that it was many years after their injuries occurred, or for some, internal organ damage surfaced, that the correlation between the painkillers and their current health problems was realized.  The manner in which the Court views the statute of limitations will likely be one of the biggest factors and hurdles for the players to overcome in this case.

Marijuana/CBD presents a promising solution . . .


A few excerpts . . .

⚖️Litigation Lane:

In this new Conduct Detrimental episode, Daniel Wallach and Dan Werly take on the Aaron Hernandez “not guilty” verdict, Eli Manning and the Giants’ “Memorabiliagate” developments and the relocation lawsuit brought by the City of St. Louis against the NFL and how it may impact relocations going forward.  ❗️SPOILER ALERT❗️  Wallach says, “It may be time for the NFL to face a significant defeat.”  Make sure you give this a listen!

Eli Manning  Memorabilia Lawsuit

Great American Insurance Company vs. The Big 10 Conference (concussion coverage lawsuit)

NFL Concussion Settlement

City of St. Louis vs. NFL

👮Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Ray McDonald

🏈NFL Sidelines:

 📓NCAA Notebook:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Apr 15

The Blitz 4/15/17 – Easter Weekend Edition

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Eli Manning  Memorabilia Lawsuit

City of St. Louis vs. NFL Rams Relocation Lawsuit 

NFL Concussion Settlement

ICYMI: My deep-dive on the legal infighting in the concussion settlement and how it will impact players and their families:

Jennifer Bradley vs. NCAA Concussion Lawsuit

Jose Reyes


Kerry Walsh Jennings

 👮Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

🏈NFL Sidelines:

From sadness and loss comes a story of life and good ❤️

Challenge and Inspiration

Raiders to Vegas

Blandino leaves NFL officiating to join Fox Sports

🏀NBA Dunks:

📓NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

💡Concussion Discussion:

✊🏾Athlete Activism:

🌿Cannabis Conversation:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Outstanding work from Daniel Wallach highlighting the NFL’s hypocrisy in regard to sports gambling and how it (finally) undermines their legal arguments. (Three-part series)

🏇Horseracing:

Apr 14

The Blitz 4/14/17

💐Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Dies:

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Eli Manning

High-end Memorabilia Theft

City of St. Louis vs. NFL 

NFL Concussion Settlement

Sex Tape Lawsuit

Lane Johnson

Derrick Rose


USA Football / Pop Warner

Likeness and “Right of Publicity” Maloney vs. T3 Media

👮Crime Blotter:

Raiders

Aaron Hernandez

Today begins day six of jury deliberations. Thus far the jury has spent 32 hours in deliberations


Louis Murphy


on the other hand…

🏈NFL Sidelines:

Raiders to Vegas

Regardless of your feelings about the Raiders’ move, this is an incredible piece of journalism revealing a largely untold behind-the-scenes story.

A Peek Inside the Mind of Bill Belichick


🏒NHL Breakaways:

📓NCAA Notebook:

NC HB 728 Threatens Succession from ACC

Amateurism

 

💡Concussion Discussion:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Apr 12

The Blitz 4/12/17

👮Crime Blotter:

Joe McKnight Death


Aaron Hernandez Trial


In addition to Tom Brady’s jerseys – an incredible tale of memorabilia theft


Junior Galette

💡Concussion Discussion:

Concussion Settlement

💉Painkiller Pandemonium:

🏈NFL Sidelines:

⚾️MLB Strike Zone:

📓NCAA Notebook:

🏇Horseracing Lines:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting

In Part 1 of a series, Daniel Wallach demonstrates how the NFL’s hypocrisy on sports betting may have irreparably harmed its “irreparable harm” defense


Solicitor General meeting with NJ, sports leagues

🖇This & That:

Apr 10

The Blitz 4/10/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit

Daryl Katz

Could this be one of the reasons NHL doesn’t have money for concussion research or to pay development league players minimum wage?

Baylor

Atlanta Braves


Will Smith Wrongful Death Lawsuit


Tennessee Titans vs. Stadium Vendor

👮Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Jury deliberations resume in Aaron Hernandez trial today. Will they reach a verdict?

Charles Oakley

Philadelphia Eagles Fan Violence


Tramaine Brock


Trevone Boykin

💡Concussion Discussion:

🏈NFL Sidelines:

🏒NHL Breakaways:

🥇USA Gymnastics:

✊🏾Athlete Activism:

Colin Kaepernick


Malcolm Brogdon


Thabo Sefolosha

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

This is today – 4/10/17 – keep an eye on @WALLACHLEGAL Twitter timeline for the latest.


Excellent article on PASPA timeline and progression by Prof. Ryan Rodenberg. It prompted me to add a few comments in regard to the sports leagues’ opposition.

Sports betting comments

Apr 07

The Blitz – Weekend Edition – 3/7/17

⚖️Litigation Lane

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement

NCAA Concussion (Onyshko)

Tony Romo vs. NFL

Thabo Sefolosha

NFL Cheerleader Litigation

👮Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Montee Ball

Marquis Bundy

Tom Brady’s Stolen Super Bowl Jerseys

🏈NFL Sidelines:

🏒NHL Breakaways:

🏀NBA Hoops:

NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

💡Concussion Discussion:

🌿Cannabis Conversation:

💉Painkiller Pandemonium:

🌡 Health and Safety:

It’s been proven time and time again that sports leagues prioritize profits of over just about anything else.  Fans need to wisen up to the tricks and stop feeding the frenzy.  This video demostrates why resting players is important (duh) and how it can ultimately benefit the team.  Can’t recommend this video highly enough.


✊🏾Athlete Activism:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Daniel Wallach’s sports betting webinar at GiGse

🖇Everything Else:

Apr 05

The Blitz 4/5/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement


NFL Painkiller Lawsuit


Lane Johnson

Minor League Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit


Ryans Zimmerman vs. Al Jazeera


👮Crime Blotter:

Louis Delmas


📌Essential Reading!

This is powerful.  And important.

💡Concussion Discussion:


🏈NFL Sidelines:


⚾️MLB Strikes:


🏒NHL Breakaways:


📓NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

✊🏾Athlete Activism:


🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:


🖇This & That:

Apr 03

The Blitz 4/3/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

💉Painkiller Pandemonium:

I didn’t have time to get an article out but you can catch up on the latest in the NFL painkiller lawsuit through these tweets and the linked documents.

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement

Onyshko vs. NCAA


Jennifer Bradley vs. NCAA

Libel suit against Al Jazeera

UNC

👮Crime Blotter:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope


Four Current and Former (now NFL) Iowa Football Players Arrested

💡Concussion Discussion:

🏈NFL Sidelines:

Interesting stuff here including talk about Goodell’s continued role as commissioner, marijuana, and player discipline.

I had a hard time deciding where to put this one since all leagues are represented, but finally decided on the NFL since the wealthiest league sits at the bottom of the list. One might also note that these figures are before taxes. Player salaries stand to take a tax hit of near 50% in some states. Also to be noted: NCAA player averages salaries – $0.

Raiders Relocation

NFLPA

⚾️MLB Strikes:

📓NCAA Notebook:

Title IX


Seems the problem stretches all the way into Canada

Amateurism

🏒Women’s Hockey:

✊🏾Athlete Activism:

Colin Kaepernick

Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins


Chris Long / Waterboys

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

 

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