Tis the Season to Give!

Giving Tuesday

2019 has been a milestone year for Advocacy for Fairness in Sports!  After over 3 years as a predominately solo enterprise, Advocacy for Fairness in Sports incorporated as a nonprofit in April of this year, receiving 501(c)(3) status by the IRS in August, retroactive to our incorporation date.

Sheilla has done groundbreaking work in investigating the NFL Concussion Settlement over the past couple of years and especially this year when dangerous appeals threatening to unravel the settlement began appearing on the private and secretive settlement portal, inaccessible to the public.  She was relentless in obtaining documents to expose the abuses and has worked tirelessly to support and inform the retired NFL community of issues of vital importance.

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The Joker Has Nothing on the NCAA

NCAA is the Crown Prince of Jokers

Forget Cesar Romero, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix. They have nothing on the NCAA’s Joker game because unlike those Jokers, the NCAA has conned the state into actually protecting its illegal activities.

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POV: Rebuttal to BU Today’s Pro-Amateurism Op-Ed

POV BU Today Amateurism Rebuttal

Advocates for the rights of college athletes quickly become impervious to the NCAA’s constant shilling and often it seems the better part of valor is found in a “mute” button. But every once in awhile, you see a pitch that while completely unoriginal is so egregious you feel forced to respond. Today is one of those days. I just finished reading “POV: California’s Fair Pay to Play Act Will Destroy the Philosophy of Amateurism in Collegiate Sports,” on the BU Today website. The article was written by Professor Ellen Faszewski, a Human Development clinical professor and associate dean for student affairs. That’s all her BU Today bio states about her academic role but heralds her role as an NCAA faculty representative and involvement with the NCAA Division III FAR Fellows Institute, with apparent pride.

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Chris Hudson’s Disability Case Presents Critical Questions for Retired NFL Players

Hudson Case Shows How NFL and NFLPA Step on Retired Players

The continued failures of the NFL Players Association are most demonstrable in a collective bargaining agreement that heavily favors people who in poetic irony call themselves “owners.” While it’s difficult to perceive all the consequences of every “jot and tittle” of such a contract at the time of negotiation, the egregious flaws from a player perspective aren’t minor oversights that union leadership couldn’t have seen coming which have merely inconvenienced members.

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Gig’s Up NCAA!

Ed O'Bannon may soon get that slam dunk against NCAABreaking Down the NCAA’s Latest Stall Tactic for Athlete Compensation

In September of this year, California enacted a law that would allow college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness (NIL) beginning in 2023. The NCAA vehemently opposed this law and even threatened that any California schools that allowed their student athletes to profit off their NIL would be in violation of NCAA rules and therefore unable to compete against NCAA teams.

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What’s Next in the Face-Off Between Kaepernick and the NFL?

Kaepernick workout

When Colin Kaepernick first tweeted about the invitation he had just received via his team, from the NFL to participate in a private workout in front of franchise executives 4 days later, to many it sounded like a step in the right direction from a league that had essentially turned its back on him for the past 3 years. It came out of the blue, however, and that alone was enough to invite skepticism as to the motivation behind it. There has been speculation that Jay-Z, who with his Roc Nation agency has embarked on a partnership with the NFL earlier this year with musical and social justice angles, had something to do with the decision, but that has neither been confirmed or denied by Jay-Z, his representatives or the league.

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William White’s Settlement Funding Odyssey Reaches a Sad Conclusion

William White endures Thrivest Shakedown due to Judge Brody error

While the issues surrounding dementia claim difficulties continue to be shrouded in mystery, settlement funder issues in the NFL Concussion Settlement have presented a more visible face, and the face at the center of the drama is that of William White.

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Could Antonio Brown Win a Legal Challenge Against NFL?

Judge Jury and Executioner Roger Goodell with Antonio Brown

Talented but unemployed NFL receiver Antonio Brown reportedly met with Roger Goodell on Thursday, hoping to resolve his status and emerge from the purgatory that has left him unsigned since he was released by the Patriots on September 20.
Scarcely a blub about the meeting emerged through media coverage in the two days following the scheduled interview.

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Alston Appeal Is Perfect Representation of Style Over Substance

Mark Emmert's NCAA Kool-Aid

The same appeals court that gutted Federal District Judge Claudia Wilken’s ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAA has an opportunity to make amends for that failure. Given the merits of the case, the language of Wilken’s ruling and the arguments of several amicus briefs that have been filed on both sides, it seems the Ninth’s decision is style or substance.

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What Robert Kraft Should Explain to Rob Gronkowski When He Tries to Coax Him From Retirement

Rob Gronkowski and Robert Kraft

According to multiple reports, New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft has been trying to convince Rob Gronkowski to end his retirement and rejoin the team.  Since Gronkowski has not yet submitted formal retirement papers, he would be eligible to return prior to November 30 if he chose to do so.  Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, “Kraft told Gronkowski that he wants him to return for November, December, and a playoff run. If that happened, the team not only would welcome him back but would remain hopeful that it happens.”  That conversation is said to have taken place in March when Gronkowski announced his retirement.  As recently as October, Kraft expressed his desire for Gronk’s return, “We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. We can pray and hope. … I think that’s a good academic argument that there is hope with Gronk.” 

It’s unclear if additional overtures have been made, but if so, Kraft should take a few steps back and consider what he’s asking.

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