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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The Blitz 11/6/16

Football is Family

Ken Stabler & Hall of Shame Travesty: #asexpected HOF says posthumous enshrinees don’t get gold jacket or ring https://t.co/7xtHuHvBB6 — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 5, 2016 It’s not right. For ALL families of posthumously inducted players. https://t.co/WNPFlzDuP6 — Kendra Stabler Moyes (@KendraSMoyes) November 5, 2016 I’m not done yet. It’s stunningly thoughtless to families of those …

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Half-Time in the CBA – A conversation with Ben Leber

Former Viking OLB Ben Leber

By Sheilla Dingus November 7, 2016 Rewind the NFL game clock to 2011; Commissioner Roger Goodell has entered the five-year mark of his tenure and is now beginning to assert his authority as the emperor-like ruler of the league.  DeMaurice Smith, ascending to his second year as Executive Director of the NFLPA, is not a …

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The Blitz 11/5/16 Hall of Shame Issue

NFL Hall of Shame

Hall of Shame: Hall of Fame confirms that Ken Stabler’s family won’t get ring or jacket because Stable died before induction. Welp. https://t.co/AOCER3qLMH — Diana Moskovitz (@DianaMoskovitz) November 4, 2016 Don’t give them any ideas. https://t.co/rNGfPy92p8 — Diana Moskovitz (@DianaMoskovitz) November 5, 2016 100 #NFL HOFers in ’14. Do nothing & 51 will die of …

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The Blitz 11/4/16

Time to Go

NFL – Player’s Rights: #NFL is fighting yet another player’s disability benefits. Says court is wrong, benefits at their “ABSOLUTE discretion.” h/t @ZachZagger pic.twitter.com/e4GGCGWSPU &mda sh; Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) No vember 4, 2016 NFL-NFLPA substance-abuse policy: a 41-page road map to a four-game suspension https://t.co/Qo1UXSIHXq — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) No vember 4, 2016 Roger Goodell …

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The Blitz 11/3/16

Roger Goodell

Concussion Crisis: NFL’s Latest Concussion Setback May Force Discovery w/ Insurers https://t.co/dtat0IzCfH via @TBarrabi w/ @WALLACHLEGAL & @WerlySportsLaw &mda sh; Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) No vember 3, 2016 NFL loses bid to block discovery process in concussion insurance coverage case https://t.co/iBezEBxNH7 via @ProFootballTalk &m dash; Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) No vember 3, 2016 USA Football Looks To …

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The Blitz 11/2/16

Ezekiel Elliott

NFL Ratings Dive: The NFL Fully Deserves Their Massive TV Ratings Decline https://t.co/mIUzVwSlXA @PaulMBanks nails it! — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) N ovember 2, 2016 World Series Ratings Spike As NFL Strikes Out | https://t.co/f0B1UNDUSO — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) October 31, 2016 World Series wins big over NFL game https://t.co/IYn4pxG6QL via @ProFootballTalk — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) …

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The Blitz Special Edition: “The Nuclear Option”

sports betting

Podcast discussion with Daniel Wallach and Dan Werly: Listen in on The White Bronco New Conduct Detrimental Pod: @WALLACHLEGAL & I discuss the breaking news of NJ’s attempt to legalize sports gambling https://t.co/fBpEGhBpG4 &mdash ; Dan Werly (@WerlySportsLaw) November 1, 2016 or i-tunes Great commentary here from @WALLACHLEGAL @WerlySportsLaw, hosts of “Conduct Detrimental” #sportslaw podcast …

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The Blitz 10/31/16

NFL

Of serious concern: Jonathan P. Baird: As the NFL’s problems grow, conscience is sidelined https://t.co/LtiGTOSKMF via @conmonitornews…… #POWERFUL — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) O ctober 30, 2016 Funny lead in for a satirical look at some serious concerns Goodell continues to fertilize our shoes and tell us it’s mud https://t.co/ebLsjvhcfU via @BCgenius @thedayct You’ll want to …

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The Blitz Special Edition – Concussions and Player Safety

concussion

To start…a powerful piece from Jonathan P. Baird of the Concord Monitor about NFL apathy and the devastating aftermath of concussions at all playing levels: Jonathan P. Baird: As the NFL’s problems grow, conscience is sidelined https://t.co/LtiGTOSKMF via @conmonitornews…… #POWERFUL — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) October 30, 2016 NFL concussion litigation: Brain Injury Association of America Files …

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Safety in High School Athletics: Kingsport, Tri-Cities TN a Model

By Sheilla Dingus October 30, 2016 High school athletics develops many desirable attributes including teamwork, leadership, determination, and self-confidence, but along with these positives come safety concerns, and this is troublesome for many parents when considering whether or not their child should participate in sports.  Because of its inherent nature as a potentially violent contact …

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