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Jan 29

Latest Articles 1/29/18

‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ reveals stunning lack of support for Olympic Athletes.

As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games draw closer, the dreams of hundreds of hopeful Olympians from around the world will be realized. Olympic athletes in the United States of America often encounter larger obstacles in realizing their dreams as compared to their counterparts from other developed nations, and they have the United States Olympic Committee to blame for that.
On Tuesday, Jan. 30, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO will debut “Episode 250: U.S. Olympic Pay Gap” in which the show will speak with current and former United States Olympians about the financial burdens that representing the United States in the Olympic games has placed upon them. Read More about “‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ reveals stunning lack of support for Olympic Athletes.”

Predators Lurk At Every Turn As Neurologically Impaired Ex-NFL Players Seek Concussion Settlement Relief

More retired NFL players died last year, than received an award from the much-heralded “billion dollar” concussion settlement.  According to profootballreference.com, 123 former players passed away in 2017.  From the time the claims process began last March, through the most recent claims report filed last week, only 110 claims have been paid to date.  In spite of this neurologically impaired retirees are still pursued relentlessly for whatever money they might by chance manage to receive. Read More about “Predators Lurk At Every Turn As Neurologically Impaired Ex-NFL Players Seek Concussion Settlement Relief”

It’s Time To Declare The NFL Concussion Settlement A State Of Emergency

Daunting. Despicable. Dirty. Disastrous.   Those are just a few adjectives that come to mind when evaluating the NFL’s torrent of delays and denials of brain injury claims brought by former NFL players.  Mentally impaired men and their anxious families have been forced to jump through unconscionable hoops and endure painful audits, delays and denials while finding themselves accused of being liars and frauds by the league they once loved and sacrificed their health for. Read More about “It’s Time To Declare The NFL Concussion Settlement A State Of Emergency”

The Facts About NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs

On December 1, a proposed document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was posted via Electronic Court Filing (ECF) to the NFL Concussion Settlement docket.  The purpose of the FAQ document is to aid the neurologically impaired football players who are class members to the settlement in understanding its terms and filing their claims.  During the enrollment period for the settlement, when retired NFL players had to make a choice between enrollment in the settlement, opting out, or ignoring it all together, in order to encourage enrollment Co-Lead Class Counsel Christopher Seeger, along with Claims Administrator Brown Greer portrayed the enrollment and claims processes as “simple.”  They encouraged retirees to not hire independent counsel for this reason.  They were told if they had a qualifying diagnosis their claims would be approved, and a 30-60 day window was referenced as an estimated approval time.  As a result, approximately 20,000 retired players or their representatives registered for the program, including many who had previously objected or opted out. Read More about “The Facts About NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs”

NFL Concussion Settlement Opt-Out Plaintiffs Take on Chiefs & Cardinals

In Part 1 of this series I detailed how §301 of the Labor Management Relations Act is the NFL’s number one go-to defense.  This provision brings cases filed in various state courts against the league into federal jurisdiction when reliance on CBA interpretation is necessary.  Often when the NFL successfully invokes this provision, especially in lawsuits involving retired players, there is no legal standing for the lawsuit under the CBA and the case is dismissed typically without extensive exploration the merits and allegations of illegal or unethical conduct. Read More about “NFL Concussion Settlement Opt-Out Plaintiffs Take on Chiefs & Cardinals”