News Blitz 11/19/16

Around the NFL:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:

Doe v. Rose

Concussion Discussion:


Legal analysis of the Vassar v. Northwestern transfer rule lawsuit

DraftKings / FanDuel Merger:

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The Blitz 11/18/16

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in the Sporting World:

Here’s the first article of a three-part series that addresses some difficult questions about domestic violence in the sporting world and beyond.  Part I is addresses the mishandling of domestic violence cases, setting the stage for the following installments to address the challenges faced in prosecuting crimes against women and hopefully some constructive suggestions for moving in a positive direction on this vital issue.

Beginning at about 19:30 of this Night Moves podcast Daniel Wallach evaluates the ongoing investigation into Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic violence allegations.

Jeurys Familia

Johnny Manziel

Derrick Rose files an appeal in civil rape case

For additional info and evaluation of the appeal, I highly recommend reading @WALLACHLEGAL twitter feed.

Player Health and Safety in Professional Sports:

Harvard Study Cites Conflict of Interest in Physicians who Report to Teams

The Impact of Concussions

It seems someone has some explaining to do…

Painkiller lawsuit against the NFL

Let’s hope not!

New CBA’s in MLB and the NBA:

Amateurism Exploitation of NCAA Athletes:

Yesterday Ed O’Bannon interviewed with Michael McCann at the University of New Hampshire for the first time since his historic case.  Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the interview.

For more from O’Bannon, I recommend checking the Twitter timelines of @McCannSportsLaw and @WarrenKZola.

DraftKings & FanDuel Merger Confirmed & more Sports Betting News:

Inspiring and Constructive Read from Annie Apple:

This & That:

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The Blitz 11/17/16


Domestic Violence in the Sports Leagues:

MLB: Juerys Familia Investigation

NBA Revising Domestic Violence Policy in Next CBA

Inside the NFL:

State of the “Union”

Sports Illustrated’s “Football in America” deep dive has resulted in the longest and most comprehensive SI piece ever.  In it they speak to fans around the country about NFL issues…Then SI speaks with Roger Goodell.  Spoiler…He disagrees with much of what fans have to say.

Prescription Painkiller Lawsuit

Marijuana Policies

Concussions Impact Players in NFL & NHL:

Sports Betting:

New Jersey’s Battle to Defeat PASPA

DraftKings/FanDuel Actually Merging This Time?

Upcoming Changes in the New NBA CBA

Issues Discussed at NHL Owners Meeting


Transfer Restrictions in Cross-hairs as Player files Antitrust Lawsuit

Double-speak – Coach tries to shame player for making business decision that is common for coaches

New Allegations of Sexual Misconduct


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The Blitz 11/16/16

Around the NFL:

Josh Norman Speaks Out; Calls for Term Limits on the Commissioner

NFL Agrees to End Ticket Price Floor, Ending 6-State AG probe

Will Last Sunday’s Super-Match-ups end the NFL’s Ratings Woes?

Group of NFL Players Head to Washington to Speak With Congress

NFL Players Ripped-Off in Horse Racing Scheme, Loan Fraud

Team Relocations:

Former Players Seek Deposition of Jones, Irsay in Painkiller Lawsuit


New Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of NJ Sports Betting SCOTUS Petition:

NBA CBA Negotiations & Developments:

Misconduct in the NCAA:

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The Blitz 11/15/16

Goodell’s NFL:

Is the ratings rebound due to the end of the election, or could it be two quality games available on Sunday?

Domestic Violence in Sports:

Excellent discussion in this episode; the dynamic Dans delve deeply into the Ezekiel Elliott investigation as well as domestic violence in the NFL as a whole.  Also their take on how a Trump presidency might affect a number of issues in the sports world.

Not just the NFL…

NFL Owners Reconsidering Marijuana?


Two New Amicus Briefs Filed in NJ Sports Betting SCOTUS Appeal:

Brief From Three Policy Groups: CATO Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation & Competitive Enterprise Institute

Brief From Five States, WV, AZ, LA, MS, & WI in support of NJ:

This & That:

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The Blitz 11/14/16

The Commish:

Let’s support Dave Garapolo’s petition to oust Roger Goodell

dirtydeedsTake a minute to sign and share.  While it may not be the catalyst that removes Goodell from the commissioner’s throne, the more people are reminded of his >> the more likely they are to watch and spend less, which will eventually cause the owners to rethink the commissioner position.

Ezekiel Elliott Investigation

Per Daniel Wallach via Twitter, policies governing Ezekiel Elliot investigation are the NFL Personal Conduct Policy and Article 46 of the CBA.  For a first offense, a player should be subject to a 6 game suspension.  A repeat offense “will” result in permanent banishment.  Since those close to Elliott say he’s being viewed as “Public Enemy # 1,” it will be interesting to see how the NFL proceeds, in light of so many bungled domestic violence responses.  Will Elliott, as a star RB be made an example of, will politics win out?  Or will they actually follow their own rules and do a responsible investigation and act accordingly?

Elsewhere in the NFL:

The marijuana debate

Former player Darryl Ashmore’s disability lawsuit; I wrote about it here.  The NFL response is due 11/21.

Officiating woes

Discipline (and lack thereof)

Player shoves reporter – no problem

Player criticizes an official – no physical contact – $25,000 fine

This, by the way, is the same amount as the prescribed fine for an equipment violation.  It’s also the first time a player has been disciplined for criticizing an official. More NFL consistency…..Meanwhile, Kelce gets removed from a game and fined $24,000 for “flagging” an official.


Sports Betting:

This & That:

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The Blitz 11/12/16

The Most comprehensive info you’ll find on NFL’s Ezekiel Elliott Investigation:

NFL Personal Conduct Policy:

And more exemplary conduct…

The NFL Rule Book (sort of):

Concussions & CTE:

The Cannabis Debate:

Derrick Rose seeks legal fees from Jane Doe:

Sports Betting:

This & That:

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The Blitz 11/11/16

Commissioner Goodell & the State of the NFL:

NFL Officiating Issues:

In regard to Walt Anderson – the NFL went against his best recollection as to what gauge he used during Deflategate. Did they think that perhaps he’d suffered one too many concussions and was lapsing into dementia? Probably not. Just needed a particular outcome and Anderson’s best recollection wasn’t producing that outcome. Now Seahawks Richard Sherman has been fined as a result of Anderson’s officiating error. I really hope we don’t see Anderson on the field for the Patriots/Seahawks game. Hard to predict what will happen if he officiates that one.

Food for thought…What was Richard Sherman supposed to do? Stop the play before the whistle was blown? Fine the official? Good luck!

Ezekiel Elliot DV Investigation:

Elsewhere in the NFL aka “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”:

While oxycodone remains the league’s drug of choice…

For some interesting “Concussion Discussion” be sure to check out today’s special edition of “The Blitz.”

College Sports:

MLB News:

Per Jim Baumbach of Newsday Sports, who attendeded Jeurys Familia’s court hearing yesterday, Familia pled not guilty; court ruled that media can’t report victim’s name/image; case will proceed with or without victim’s sanction.  Judge removes “no contact” condition at the request of both parties.

This & That:

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The Blitz Special Edition: “The Concussion Discussion”

Concussion discussion
New Research:

Player Responses:

 NFL Responds to Concussion Settlement Objectors SCOTUS request:

This is an interesting thread…be sure to click for its entirety

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The Blitz 11/10/16

NFL: Chargers in Awkward Situation:

Meanwhile, in Rangers country…

Ezekiel Elliot DV Investigation:

And a few more words on Josh Brown…

Elsewhere in the NFL:


A Few thoughts on this one…

The NHL has implemented a new concussion policy and has received criticism for implementing it in this case, whereas the NFL has received much criticism for doing the opposite. No easy answers with concussions, but in my opinion, best to err on the side of player safety there are many games to be played but a player has but one brain.

One of the best reads of the day (if not the best) via Annie Apple:

“Whether in politics or sports, it’s up to us what kind of America we want to create.”

MLB: Jeurys Familias DV Investigation:

This & That:

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