Sheilla Dingus

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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NBA/WNBA

Articles pertaining to rights and safety issues involving NBA and WNBA

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New Forms Set Retired Players Up for NFL Ambush

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New Concussion Settlement Claims Requirement Is a Set-Up For Denial

As a result of Judge Brody’s orders restructuring the MAF program, all but eliminating the settlement’s provisions and protections for pre-effective date claims, and narrowing the generally consistent standard to a hair-thin line, the claims administrator has developed new forms that whether or not by design, will lead players into a trap the NFL has long awaited.

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NFL Settlement Attorneys Appeal Fee Issues to Third Circuit

Bonus: must-read – from Deadspin: “He had Stage 4 CTE, but the NFL Said Dad Wasn’t Sick” By Dom Cosentino   George Andrie, an original member of the Dallas Cowboys’ famed Doomsday Defense, had Stage 4 chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death last August at the age of 78, according to researchers at …

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Attorneys Challenge Brody’s Attorney Fee Allocations in NFL Concussion Settlement

Anita B. Brody

Last Friday, Locks Law Firm, on behalf of itself and thirteen other appellants, filed a 68-page brief contesting Judge Anita B. Brody’s allocation of common benefit attorney fees to the Third Circuit.

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Documents Galore! (And me underneath the pile)

Sheilla buried in documents

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Buried in Documents

Sheilla buried in documents

I wanted to get an article out this week.  I really did.  But it’s just been one of those weeks where the documents (and some other interesting leads) continue to accumulate and as soon as I’ve settled on a subject to write about, something new has bumped it down further on the cue.  So–instead of an article, I’m going to give you documents this week.  Lots of documents spanning lots of cases starting with a consolidated brief filed by former Class Counsel to the NFL Concussion Settlement, Gene Locks,  appealing common benefit fee allocations that went primarily to Seeger Weiss.  The brief is accompanied by 13 volumes of supporting appendices spanning 9,891 pages.  You can find all the documents on our Document Cloud folder–or– I’ve linked two of particular interest below.

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Miscellaneous Case Updates

General updates on a variety of active sports law cases

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Retired NFL Players Newsletter August 2019

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August newsletter for Retired NFL Players focuses on the NFL’s latest Concussion Settlement objection that seeks to disqualify and pursue criminal charges against players with dementia.

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The NFL Now Thinks Having Dementia is a Crime

Roger Goodell Wants to Send Former Players to Prison for Dementia Symptoms

In fact, the NFL now considers it a crime punishable by a 20-year prison term!

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