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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Sound of Silence

Shh!

by Sheilla Dingus July 6, 2016 As we listen to the sound of silence from the Second Circuit I decided to do a bit of digging in the court dockets to see if I could find a plausible reason.  My first thought was perhaps the circuit is overloaded with cases, and while they are busy, …

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Amicus Briefs: Questions & Answers

Amicus Briefs

by Sheilla Dingus June 15, 2016 Amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” is a Latin term that has been highlighted recently in the press because of the submission of five amicus briefs in the Tom Brady / Deflategate case. While the term may be a new one for those outside the legal profession, the …

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Arbitration on Trial

Scales of Justice

Will justice or technicalities prevail? by Sheilla Dingus June 8, 2016 “Fair process before a fair tribunal cannot be an aspiration; it is an unwaivable, inviolable necessity.” – Kenneth Feinberg As the Deflategate saga rages on, lines are being drawn in the sand with the matter of fair and impartial arbitration the key issue at …

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Why Labor Unions Should Care About Deflategate

The Second Circuit Ruling Impacts Everyone By Sheilla Dingus June 1, 2016 Deflategate is back in the news again!  Patriots fans, dismayed and disappointed by the April 25 split ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, are once again holding their breaths as they await a decision of the Second Circuit …

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Article 46: Burning Down the House

Article 46

by Sheilla Dingus May 17, 2016 There’s an enormous fire raging within the NFL, one that threatens to burn its foundation to the core. Though the flames have dwindled to embers at times, they continue to spontaneously reignite. The source of this fire? Well actually there are many sources, faulty research, cover-ups and much more …

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Opinion

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Deflategate

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2106 NFL Hall of Fame Game: Lessons Not Learned

By Sheilla Dingus August 25, 2016 A festive day of excitement quickly became a day of despair for 22,000 people on August 7, when they attended an ill-fated Hall of Fame football game which could more aptly be described as non-game since the event failed to take place.  Football fans from Wisconsin, Indiana, and various …

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Let’s Gooooo!

We’re finally getting underway! Today is the first day of advocacyforfairnessinsports.org.  Got my old articles from defendersofthewall.com moved over and hope to have some brand new content out very soon.  Thank you for your support!

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Why did the NFL deny an 11-year veteran player’s disability?

Darryl Ashmore

Darryl Ashmore, a former offensive lineman in the NFL has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida in hopes of claiming disability benefits the NFL denied him. Ashmore, played for the Rams, Raiders, and Redskins for eleven seasons between 1992 and 2002 and was a commanding presence on the field at 6’7’’ and 310 pounds. Now at age 46 he suffers early onset dementia as well as frequent and severe migraines, encephalopathy, memory loss, depression, anxiety, impaired concentration, nausea, hypertension, chronic pain in his neck, knees, back, wrist, and shoulders, herniated discs, and degenerative arthritis. According to an article in the Daily Business Review, Darryl Ashmore’s medical records indicate “Ashmore can no longer operate a vehicle, loses concentration mid-sentence and has short-term memory loss. An affidavit from his wife, Michelle, reports a decade-long decline marked by outbursts, forgetfulness and fatigue.”

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