Sep 29

Concussion Settlement Opt-Outs are Reaching Settlements with the NFL

The original article begins with a question, however a new filing further indicates the answer, is “YES.”

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Sep 17

NFL Attempts to Sabotage Concussion Settlement Claims; Attorneys Respond

Players’ Attorneys React to NFL’s Attempts to Sabotage the Concussion Settlement

Two weeks ago I reported on a disturbing development in the NFL Concussion settlement after acquiring an email that revealed the off-the-public-docket war the NFL is waging against dementia claims and in so doing attempting to alter the terms of the billion dollar-plus agreement.  The email, which was sent to attorneys representing twenty-three players whose settlement awards were approved, appealed by the NFL, and affirmed by Special Masters on the appeal, reveals the NFL’s attempt to appeal these awards yet again, demanding review by the AAP panel of doctors established to assist Special Masters in certain instances, and at their discretion.  The NFL’s demand, if granted will not only impact the twenty-three players whose twice approved awards hang in the balance, but every player who has a pending claim filed, or will in the future, file a claim for a monetary award. Read More about “Players’ Attorneys React to NFL’s Attempts to Sabotage the Concussion Settlement”

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Sep 17

NCAA Amateurism Struggle Reminiscent of 1890’s Pullman Railroad Labor Struggle

The Pullman labor battles of 1890s live on in college athletics today

The phrase, “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” has become cliché and that unfortunately means it has lost much of its meaning. Considering the status quo involving NCAA athletes who play revenue sports, it’s unfortunate how little society learned from a similar situation in the 1890s which historians refer to as the Pullman strike. Read More about “The Pullman labor battles of 1890s live on in college athletics today”

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Sep 14

Judge Brody Approves Fraud Investigator for Concussion Settlement

Fraud Investigator To Be Appointed for Concussion Settlement At NFL’s Request

On Wednesday, Judge Brody issued an order that will likely be the death knell to most dementia claims in the NFL Concussion Settlement after the Special Masters in charge of settlement operations made a request to the Court. In April, the NFL filed a motion requesting a special court-appointed fraud investigator, claiming that massive fraud was holding up valid claims.  A hearing on the motion was held in May, and on July 18, Judge Brody issued a notice stating that she would defer ruling on the motion unless either Claims Administrator BrownGreer of the Special Masters made the request.  I was present at the hearing and it seemed that the Claims Administrator and Special Masters were opposed at the time.  No reason for reversal of that opinion was stated in the Special Masters’ request, leaving one to speculate as to their changed position. Read More about “Fraud Investigator To Be Appointed for Concussion Settlement At NFL’s Request”

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Sep 12

Players see major win in NFL painkiller lawsuit at the Ninth Circuit

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Sep 05

Newly acquired documents reveal NFL Scheme

Recent Non-Public Documents Reveal NFL’s Latest Scheme to Screw Players Filing Dementia Claims

Exclusive: Advocacy For Fairness in Sports has obtained non-public concussion settlement documents which provide a glimpse into the NFL’s latest attempt to put the screws to players hoping to hold the league accountable for diagnosed neurocognitive damage sustained during their football careers. On August 30, the following email was sent to several attorneys representing players from Claims Administrator BrownGreer.
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Sep 02

Joe Murphy Needs Our Help!

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Aug 25

Advocacy For Fairness in Sports Requests Information on BAP

On August 9, Sheilla emailed Chris Seeger and Scott George at Seeger Weiss requesting public access to information regarding the NFL Concussion Settlement’s Baseline Assessment Program (BAP). There has been no response or update to the reports on the settlement website.  The redacted portion of the email relates to an inquiry on behalf of an individual class member.  Mr. George did respond to that inquiry, but the lack of pertinent information about the BAP has not been acknowledged or addressed.

Seeger Weiss email

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Aug 20

Advocacy for Fairness in Sports writes letter to Judge Wilken regarding upcoming NCAA “amateurism” trial

Next month Amateurism will go on trial once again with Chief Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California presiding.  Judge Wilken also heard the O’Bannon case which also focused on antitrust issues.  Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has written a letter to Judge Wilken urging her to rule in favor of the athletes, and perhaps identifying a few arguments that have not yet been presented.  Others are encouraged to write Judge Wilken also.  You don’t have to write anything nearly as formal or lengthy, but just let her know how you feel about “shamateurism.”  One of the NCAA’s main arguments is that the must preserve amateurism in order to satisfy their viewers and fans.  If fans write in and let her know that viewing will not be negatively impacted by allowing athletes the rights to their own names, images, and likenesses, and that you are not opposed to schools compensating athletes financially should they choose to do so, it will help to weaken the NCAA’s arguments.

Our letter:

Advocacy for Fairness in Sports writes letter to Judge Wilken regarding upcoming NCAA “amateurism” trial

Dear Judge Wilken,
Next month you will no doubt hear eloquent and passionate arguments from Jeffrey Kessler as he presents antitrust claims against the NCAA. You will also hear capable counsel for the defense refuting those claims and insisting that amateurism must be protected. Having read the briefs, I feel there are some compelling arguments that have been omitted, and as such, I feel the need to bring them to the Court’s attention after a brief recap of issues that have been previously and wrongly addressed. Read More about “Advocacy for Fairness in Sports writes letter to Judge Wilken regarding upcoming NCAA “amateurism” trial”

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Aug 18

Irv Eatman writes about transitioning after an NFL career

Transitioning From Sideline to Boardroom

For many  NFL players, the biggest challenge they will ever face is not being a pro football player; it will be the challenge of transitioning into the regular workplace. There is a common public perception is that most  NFL players play for ten plus years, make hundreds millions of dollars and have all types of career opportunities awaiting them as soon as they remove their pads for the last time.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The average NFL player has a career of less than four years and certainly does not collect tens of millions in income within what is in average about 3.7 years. The reason the public is misled by the large contracts they see in the media is because those contracts are portrayed as normal, not as exceptions to the rule. That is not to say NFL players are not very well compensated, they are relative to the general workforce, but in most cases they will receive that money for a very short amount of time and most NFL contracts are not guaranteed. Obviously the ability to successfully  transition from a career in the NFL to other careers is dependent on financial stability but there are other factors that greatly affect a players ability to make a successful transition. Read More about “Transitioning From Sideline to Boardroom”

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