The Blitz 1/2/17


Wow! Ir’s hard to believe Advocacy for Fairness in Sports is only starting its 3rd month, and already we’re off and running into a New Year! I’m truly humbled by and so very appreciative of the friendship and support many of you have shown since the “Deflategate days,” and moving onward. I’m at a loss for words to express my gratitude!

As I think about things I’d like to see in the coming year, near the top of my wish list is to add some additional writers to the “staff.” I’m especially hopeful to hear from law students, as I think it would be an opportunity of mutual benefit; writing about important issues in sports law would give added exposure to new writers/future attorneys while at the same time, allowing for broader coverage of a greater variety of sports fairness issues for the blog. Together I believe we can make a impact for the better! If you’re interested in writing, or know someone who might be, you can learn more here, or if you have a news tip, story idea, or other comments, click here; I’d like to hear from you. Also, to everyone reading who’s is interested in sports fairness issues, I’d like to invite you to join our little Facebook group.  To friends old and new, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! The challenges may be great but the possibilities are also endless. Let’s make a difference together! #OnTo2017


And now for today’s Twitter news round-up…

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Sports:

This is an impressive summary of the Sooner’s handling of the Joe Mixon case by Rexford Sheild.

Lindsay is one of the many incredible people I’ve been blessed to interact with over the past year. She delivers an excellent take in this article (as always)

She was also instrumental in inspiring me to take on the topics of sexual assault and domestic violence.  You can read my first article here, and her piece that inspired me here.

This is an important and disturbing development. We need to make sure our congressional representatives are aware of the facts and that we object to moving backward.

This isn’t a sports article, but is a very important, and under-reported issue in regard to domestic violence.  I hope you’ll find time to give it a read.

Concussion Discussion:

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, I wrote an article about the NFL insurers lawsuit against the league and how it’s now proceeding to discovery.  In my opinion this will be one of the more important sports law cases of the coming year.

Three of my favorite sports law attorneys, Daniel Wallach, Dan Werly, with top concussion litigation expert Paul D. Anderson, discussing perhaps the most important and vital issue in sports. You really owe it to yourself to listen to this podcast. If you’d like to access it on itunes and subscribe, here’s the link.

Rick Westhead’s been nailing coverage of the NHL concussion suit and what’s being revealed in discovery there. Here’s the latest:

NFL Notebook:

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. As Jaime said, “2017 has begun.”

Things are rarely black and white, and often there are no clear-cut answers.  Such is the case of Michael Floyd.  Fact: his DUI arrest revealed a high level of intoxication.   While not a violent crime, driving while intoxicated is dangerous not only to the driver, but threatening and potentially deadly to others who share the road.  What we don’t know, and probably never will,  is if this is habitual or an isolated instance?  Floyd has shown himself to be a capable football player, but this doesn’t excuse placing others in danger.  As the criminal justice process unfolds and league discipline is decided, I think it’s best to keep an open mind.  He’s probably wound up in the best situation possible – the Patriots are known for having a disciplined system; Belichick’s reformed more than one loose cannon, so I’m hoping this turns out to be a good fit.  As always Michael Hurley has delivered some well reasoned thoughts on the subject.

This & That:

👀 👀 You’ll have to give this one a click for the video. 👀 👀

Lindsay wrote this prior to last year’s Super Bowl. If you missed it then, it’s well worth reading now.

One final thought…

I’m thankful for the valuable insights Dr. Abrams has contributed to Advocacy for Fairness in sports.  You can read an in-depth interview with him here.  He also, along with Daniel Wallach added some important thoughts about handling domestic violence in the NFL in this one.

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News Blitz 12/31/16

Concussion Discussion:

The NFL will finally have to undergo discovery regarding its knowledge of concussions. On Twitter, Daniel Wallach broke the news of a New York Appellate Court’s denial of the NFL’s motion to halt discovery. Fifty depositions per side can now proceed, and are scheduled to take place between April 2017 and March 2018. The NFL is now required to provide concussion documents to insurers by March 3rd.

If they don’t settle prior to discovery proceeding, the NFL will most likely move to seal the documents from public release. A higher court has released NHL emails in a different concussion suit against league wishes. Hopefully it will begin to become clear within the next year the extent to which the NFL has been aware of concussion dangers.

Astute observation from Wallach:

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Sports

Must read from Adrienne Lawrence:

Ray McDonald

Derrick Rose:

No real surprise here….




Title IX Hurdles:

ICYMI – All of my sexual assault and domestic violence articles are corralled here.

Crime Blotter:

NCAA Notes:

NFL Penalty Flags:

NFL Cyber-Security & Deflategate:

This & That:

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Special Edition Blitz – The Notorious NCAA 12/30/16

The Blitz - The Notorious NCAA
Listen in for essential insights on “commercialism vs. amateurism” in this Conduct Detrimental podcast with Dan Werly and Daniel Wallach with guest Professor Warren K. Zola. “In 2025 people won’t realize how different things were in 2016.” Find out why.

Title IX Scandals:

Is cheer-leading a sport?


Scheduled for the Belk Bowl and given $450 gift card, Jeremy Sprinkle is suspended for attempting to shoplift from Belk.

And more serious crime:


And one final tweet, just because I found it interesting:

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The Blitz 12/30/16

The Cost of Concussions:

Crime Blotter:

NFL Notes:

Sports Betting Wager:

This & That:


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The Blitz 12/29/16

Thank you!

The Advocacy for Fairness in Sports blog just celebrated its 2-month anniversary.   We’ve had over 10,000 hits to the site in our second month!  Thanks so much for reading, and my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your support! ~ Sheilla

NFL Sidelines:

Here’s hoping the field will be ready…

Domestic Violence:

Concussion Discussion:

NCAA Notes:

The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Reply briefs were just filed in the N.J. SCOTUS bid. Daniel Wallach delivered outstanding coverage of this on Twitter yesterday, featuring the briefs by Gov. Christie and the N.J. Horsemen’s Association page by page in their entirety along with expert legal commentary.  @WALLACHLEGAL is definitely a must follow if you want to stay informed on the march toward legalized sports betting!

New Jersey Horseman’s Association Brief:

Gov. Christie’s brief:

The latest movement in Minnesota Wild vs. Draft Ops:

Olympic Aftershocks:

This & That:

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The Blitz 12/28/16

NFL Notes:

I’d really appreciate some re-tweets and shares on this one…#WhereIsMikeNeal? Let’s see if we can find him.

NHL Hits:

MLB Pitches:

NCAA Observations:

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Sports:

The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Crime Blotter:

This & That:


Not specific to sports but an important read nonetheless:

Even if you’re not a cricket fan, this is a must read!

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The Blitz 12/27/16

Lasting Impact of Deflategate:

What has become of Mike Neal?

One More Deflategate Take:

In the NFL:

NHL Notes:

What’s New in the MLB CBA?

NCAA News:

Concussion Discussion:

Domestic Violence in Sports:

Crime Blotter:

Writers Wanted:

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The Blitz 12/26/16

Crime Blotter:

Concussion Discussion:

This & That:

Writers Wanted!

Interested in writing for us?

My wish for the New Year is to add more quality writers to the Advocacy for Fairness in Sports blog. Do you have a passion for writing, an interest in sports law and fairness issues, and a desire to have your voice heard? If so, Advocacy for Fairness in Sports is interested in hearing from you. I’m hoping to expand the (unfortunately unpaid) writing staff in order to cover a broader range of issues within the world of sports. While all inquiries will be considered (and appreciated), I feel this would be an especially good fit for law students who are interested in diving into and writing about sports law. I’m currently looking for people with a strong knowledge of or desire to learn about issues within the NCAA, NHL, MLB and NBA. Alternately there may be a certain topic or fairness issue that you’d like to write about. Whether you’re desire is in contributing on a regular basis, occasionally, or submitting a one-time article, please fill out the contact form below, and I’ll be in touch. Read More about “Interested in writing for us?”

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The Blitz 12/25/16

Merry Christmas from Advocacy for Fairness in Sports
NFL Talk:

Concussion Discussion:

Joe Mixon:

Elsewhere in the NCAA:

This & That:

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The Blitz 12/24/16

Highlight Reel:

I placed two highlights you don’t want to miss at the top of today’s Blitz.

The first is Conduct Detrimental Podcast #10 in which the two Dans take on all the major sports law stories of the month of December.  You’ll need some good conversation points for all the family and friends gatherings that are upon us.  Daniel Wallach and Dan Werly deliver the goods.

In the second, Paul D. Anderson crafts an imaginary scenario in college football, but one that could and should happen…

Bowl Skipping Controversy:

Joe Mixon Assault:

Sexual Assault at the University of Minnesota:

Concussion Discussion:

Players Suing NFL in “Living CTE” Litigation Drop Suit

The players, who were suing the league for changes to the CBA which would provide workmen’s comp for living players with CTE-like symptoms requested a voluntary dismissal.  When I approached their counsel for comment he said that individual players will pursue litigation against the various clubs in different states.

Curious about the upcoming NHL expansion?  Here’s your primer:


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