The Blitz 1/9/17

Concussion Discussion:

And it’s “more probable than not,” that when the injuries have taken their toll and they apply for disability benefits, they’ll be denied on a technicality.

Also of interest. Plaintiffs’ counsel in the concussion settlement will receive over $12 million while most players who qualify will receive much less of an award than anticipated once these fees are deducted as well as medicare reimbursement. Sadly many players won’t be covered at all – some because of their conditions and others because they’ll wind up missing the 6 month filing deadline – even if their symptoms manifest later.

ALS is one of many neurological conditions triggered by concussive and sub-concussive brain injury.

NFL Sidelines:

Former NFLer Domonique Foxworth, who was at one time president of the NFLPA writes about the problems of the commissioner’s power in player discipline. While the article focuses on the league’s handling of domestic violence, he also demonstrates the problems elsewhere from an inside view:

Lane Johnson Lawsuit against the NFL and NFLPA:

NBA Fast Breaks:

The NBA is often viewed as the most progressive sports league for good reason. Other players’ unions need to push for something similar.

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence in Sports:

NCAA Notebook:

Okay – I know this isn’t NCAA news – but – related to the North Carolina bathroom law is a new one in Texas – and it could affect the NCAA at some point.

The Scoop on Sports Betting:

This DFS bill is really a horse of a different color. It would completely deregulate and decriminalize daily fantasy sports in Florida. Great piece by Nick Sortal with extensive commentary from Daniel Wallach explaining why this is not a good idea.

This is a rather odd DFS suit that’s been taking place in my neck of the woods.

This & That:

This Conduct Detrimental podcast with Gabe Feldman, Director of Tulane Sports Law is well worth listening too. Along with “the Dans” he takes on NFL player discipline, the NCAA student-athlete dilemma and what can be done, plus some great tips for law students in getting their careers off to a great start. This and much more!

You’ll have to click to expand but this is a very interesting historical thread about segregation in sports:

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