Dennis Wideman v. NHL
Sheilla Dingus founded Advocacy for Fairness in Sports in October 2016, after a stint with Defenders of the Wall, a New England Patriots based blog where she dived deep into the legal aspects of Deflategate. Along the way, she observed many inequities in sports and felt a need to address some of the under-reported stories in sports law. She draws from her background as a former professional dancer, who like many of the athletes she writes about, took an early retirement due to orthopedic injuries. After a return trip to college she worked for a legal software company, with seven years as a Project Manager and Analyst. She brings her analytical skills to the table in breaking down complex lawsuits, and enjoys pursuing her longtime interest in journalism.
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March 21, 2017 Two professional athletes – Dennis Wideman and Tom Brady; two sports – hockey and football; two CBAs; two very different suspensions; two appeals – all intrinsically linked through one court and opinion. Through a single ruling one player’s suspension was affirmed while another’s was slashed. What happened? …