Sheilla Dingus

Sheilla Dingus founded Advocacy for Fairness in Sports in October 2016, after a stint with Defenders of the Wall, a New England Patriots based blog where she dived deep into the legal aspects of Deflategate. Along the way, she observed many inequities in sports and felt a need to address some of the under-reported stories in sports law. She draws from her background as a former professional dancer, who like many of the athletes she writes about, took an early retirement due to orthopedic injuries. After a return trip to college she worked for a legal software company, with seven years as a Project Manager and Analyst. She brings her analytical skills to the table in breaking down complex lawsuits, and enjoys pursuing her longtime interest in journalism.

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Announcing Our Document Cloud Project

If you’d like to check out the Document Cloud Project’s features, please see our tutorial.

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Document Cloud Project Tutorial

DocumentCloud is an open-source software as a service platform, operated through Thompson Reuters, that allows users to upload, analyze, annotate, collaborate on and publish primary source documents. Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has joined other journalists and media sources in sharing documents we acquire in the course of our reporting in the interest of transparency and greater public access.

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Document Cloud Project – Cases Involving NHL, NCAA, Misc.

Advocacy for Fairness in Sports Document Cloud Project cases for NCAA, NHL, Misc.

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Document Cloud Project

DocumentCloud is an open-source software as a service platform that allows users to upload, analyze, annotate, collaborate on and publish primary source documents. Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has joined other journalists in sharing the documents we acquire in the course of our reporting in the interest of transparency and greater public access.

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NFL Disability Seeks to Take Back Benefits Paid to a Disabled Player

Roger Goodell NFL Disability

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NFL Disability Seeks to Claw Back Benefits Paid to a Former Player

Roger Goodell NFL Disability

The NFL disability plan is hitting a new low, in the disability case of Tyrone Keys. For decades retired players have fought with the NFL/NFLPA administered Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Disability Plan.  Things got so bad that congressional hearings were held in 2007 to address the problem.

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Tyrone Keys

Tyrone Keys

Articles relating to Tyrone Keys Disability Lawsuit

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Thank you to our donors!

Advocacy for Fairness in Sports launched its first fundraiser on June 24, and would like to say thank you to those who have kindly donated to our work.  If you’d like to sign up for one of our three newsletters, you can do so here.   You can read our first one here, and our fundraising …

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Initial Fundraising Letter – June 2019

We’ve published a lot of informative content that you cannot find anywhere else over the past three years including possibly the most important story that I’ve written to date – a primer explaining Judge Brody’s April decision in the NFL concussion lawsuit and its negative impacts on claimants in the NFL concussion claims process. In addition, we have brought together some of the most respected minds in the world of academia, sports law, and athletes to provide a unique perspective to our readers.

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Will the NFL’s Insurers Finally Fracture the Shield with Discovery?

Will the NFL face discovery this time around?

Don’t forget to check out my previous post that details three recent decisions by Judge Brody in the NFL Concussion Settlement. Yesterday I learned that one of the anonymous claimants denied was the family of legendary quarterback Ken Stabler, and updated the story accordingly.  If you’ve already read the article, you can jump straight to …

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