American Bar Association Journal
It came as a surprise to learn that ABA Journal has been keeping a running update of Advocacy for Fairness in Sports blog entries. We’re not quite sure who’s responsible, but have a few ideas. Regardless, thanks so much for featuring our work in this prestigious publication. I’m truly honored that you’ve chosen to include our content among the many giants featured on the site.
Justipedia Top Twitter Feeds 2017 (@SheillaDingus)
It was a thrill and an honor to be one of only a few non-attorneys to make Justipedia’s Top Sports Law Twitter Feeds for 2017!
New York Times
Debilitated Players Accuse N.F.L. of Stalling on Settlement Payments“, Ken Belson, November 13, 2017. (quoted – Sheilla)
“Ex-NFL Player To Appeal Concussion Claim Denial To 3rd Circ.,” Ryan Boysen, July 30, 2019, (“Nothing on the public docket provides any context for those remarks, but documents filed on the settlement’s private ‘claims portal’ and posted publicly by the nonprofit Advocacy for Fairness in Sports show that the yearlong battle over Gordon’s claim centers on many of the same bitter disputes that have repeatedly rocked the settlement over the past two years”)
“Atty, Blogger Fight Back In NFL Concussion Deal Spat,” Ryan Boysen, February 15, 2019 – I (Sheilla) never expected to be one of the subjects of an article, especially in Law360, but welcome to 2019.
“NFL’s ‘Cynical’ Appeals Could Gut Concussion Settlement,” Ryan Boysen, January 2, 2019 – Credited as first to report on this story.
American Bar Association
“Denial of NFLer’s Disability Shrouded in Inconsistencies and Conflicts of Interest” in Fall 2017 Litigation Update (Federal District Court Orders Former NFL Player to be Paid Full Disability Benefits (Solomon v. Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan)
Web 100: Best law podcasts (quoted – Sheilla)
The Packers Expenses Say a Lot About the NFL, Dom Cosentino, July 22, 2019 (cited and linked to).
Football Destroyed Ken Stabler’s Brain. Why Isn’t His Family Getting A Cent From The Concussion Settlement? Dom Cosentino, July 13, 2019 (credited as first to report).
The NFL Concussion Settlement Keeps Failing People Its Supposed to Help, Dom Cosentino, January 10, 2019 (credited as first to report).
It’s Now Even Harder For Former NFL Players To Prove They Have Dementia, Dom Cosentino, June 29, 2018 (h/t)
Is the USWNT lawsuit the right argument against wage discrimination? by Daniel Kaplan, October 2, 2019. Sheilla Dingus commented on how USSF’s revelation that the three named plaintiffs on the USWT out earn the top USMT player, and how this might affect the litigation.
Source: Raiders’ Antonio Brown would hold NFL liable for head injury if forced to change helmets by Daniel Kaplan, August 11, 2019, quoted, “Sheilla Dingus, president/editor for nonprofit Advocacy for Fairness in Sports, which supports former and current players, tweeted last week, ‘My concern is if they should grant his request it would probably release the NFL from any legal liability regarding brain injury since he insisted on using an inferior helmet should he experience problems in the future.’”
Pro Football Talk/Yahoo Sports
Pro Football Talk’s story, DOJ supports the NFL in Oakland’s lawsuit regarding the relocation of the Raiders picked up that Sheilla was first to report via Twitter, new developments in the City of Oakland’s lawsuit against the Raiders and NFL. On Friday, July 12, 2019, Sheilla tweeted the United States’ Statement of Interest in the suit and on Monday, the City of Oakland’s response. Yahoo Sports picked up the story.
Former NFL players struggle to get paid after reaching $1 billion settlement over concussions, Lindsay Gibbs, November 17, 2017 (quoted – Sheilla)
Former NFL Players Accuse League of Stalling Payments from Concussion Settlement. Timothy Rapp, November 13, 2017 (quoted – Sheilla)
NFLPA Files CBA Violation Grievance Against NFL over Use of Painkillers, Tim Daniels, May 9, 2017. (cited)
Pop Culture Sports
Court Releases Death Threats Sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Referees Over Saints/Rams NFC Championship Blown Call, John Newby, August 9, 2019 (cited)
NFLPA files grievance over the NFL’s painkiller problem, Jay Rigdon, May 9, 2017 (cited – Sheilla)
New Lawsuit Says NFL Knew Of CTE For Decades, Joe Lemire, May 22, 2018. (cited)
NFL Union Supports Painkiller Lawsuit Against NFL, Robert Silverman, May 10, 2018. (cited)
Saturday Down South
In Ken Stabler estate’s CTE settlement claim denied 3rd time, Alabama’s Saturday Down South credited Advocacy for Fairness in Sports as first to report denial of Ken Stabler’s family in their NFL Concussion Settlement claim
August 30, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) The NFL wants to send former players to prison…for having Dementia; June 10, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) “Hit or Miss?” Litigation funding issues in NFL concussion settlement take an odd turn; May 29, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) The NFL Concussion Settlement is going off the rails; April 14, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Concussion settlement judge delivers gift to NFL. “She’s gone too far now.”; April 1, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Patrick Chung broke his arm… and now he’s being sued; March 1, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) NFL Concussion Settlement: The good, the bad & the ugly; February 19, 2019, Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by the daughter of Aaron Hernandez, also – Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Dismissal of painkiller lawsuit against NFL leaves unanswered questions.
December 7, 2018, Sheilla Dingus – To understand the NFL’s inconsistent handling of domestic violence, you have to enter the Matrix. /Excellent read; November 9, 2018, Sheilla Dingus Will the NFL’s latest appeal blow up the Concussion Settlement? /NFL tactics to disqualify, not pay out claims are lower than low; June 13, 2018, Sheilla Dingus NFL asks the Concussion Settlement Court for a fraud investigator with authority of subpoenas and compelled testimony; April 17, 2018, Sheilla Dingus But – is it really fraud they’re objecting to or that they’re finding themselves caught in their own trap? /This website is fantastic resource for all interested in the NFL’s [mis]handling of the concussion issue; April 10, 2018, Sheilla Dingus Why does Chris Seeger sound more like a mouthpiece for the NFL than advocate for players in the concussion settlement? March 20, 2018, Sheilla Dingus Recent motion in NFL concussion settlement details agonizing claims delays for sick players; February 22, 2018, Sheilla Dingus Predators lurk at every turn as neurologically impaired ex-NFL players seek concussion settlement relief;
December 20, 2017, Sheilla Dingus The NFL’s preemption trap and how concussion settlement opt-outs plan to avoid it; August 18, 2017, Sheilla Dingus Claim delays and denials taint NFL concussion settlement; August 9, 2017, Sheilla Dingus Please don’t drink the Kool-Aid regarding NFL concussion settlement payouts; July 24, 2017 Sheilla Dingus Judge Alsup denies remaining claims in NFL painkiller lawsuit. /Really good explanation; July 11, 2018, Sheilla Dingus The Blitz: ‘Mama’s don’t let your babies grow up to be NFL’ers. Teach them hoops or baseball instead. Or the law. There will be lawyers’; June 27, 2017, Sheilla Dingus Two remaining plaintiffs in NFL painkiller lawsuit fight to keep case alive; April 10, 2017, Sheilla Dingus – Feeding frenzy ensues as lawyers vie for feels in NFL concussion settlement); March 27, 2017, Sheilla Dingus – Open Letter to Roger Goodell./This letter is too good for Roger’s circular file.); March 22, 2017, Sheilla Dingus – (Deflategate ‘Legacy’ Lives on in Wideman Ruling ); March 21, 2017, Sheilla Dingus – (Are Prescription Painkillers an NFL Sanctioned PED? ); March 3, 2017, Sheilla Dingus – (The Story of an NFL Wife: A Conversation with Cyndy Feasel); February 1, 2017, Sheilla Dingus ( Painkiller abuse in the NFL Part III: A tale of two lawsuits.); January 29, 2017, Sheilla Dingus (Recent court ruling in DeCarlo wrongful death lawsuit may prove beneficial to other CTE cases.); January 18, 2017, Sheilla Dingus ( Painkiller lawsuits: Un-tangling the NFL’s web of secrecy, Part I.); January 11, 2017, Sheilla Dingus ( Strikes for Kids Charity files emergency motion to compel deposition of Roger Goodell.); January 5, 2017, Sheilla Dingus (The Blitz: All the latest sports law links.); December 27, 2016, Sheilla Dingus ( What has become of Mike Neal? /Not every NFL player was cleared in that Al Jazeera America documentary ‘investigation’. Worth a read.);
December 14, 2016, Sheilla Dingus Roger Goodell’s wicked web. /Good read; December 12, 2016 Sheilla Dingus Denial of NFL player’s disability claim shrouded in inconsistencies and conflicts of interest; December 1, 2016, Sheilla Dingus News Blitz: Lawsuits against the NFL/NFLPA; Should marijuana be considered alternative to RX painkillers; October 14, 2016 Sheilla Dingus via Defenders of the Wall, Why did the NFL deny an eleven-year player’s disability claim? July 19, 2016, Sheilla Dingus ( via PatriotsLife), The demise of Deflategate may be greatly exaggerated.); July 14, 2016 Sheilla Dingus (Defenders of the Wall) What’s next in the Brady deflategate appeal? July 12, 2016 (Defenders of the Wall) Second Circuit Update: 7/11/16; June 13, 2016 (Defenders of the Wall) Arbitration on trial; July 8, 2016 Sheilla Dingus (Defenders of the Wall) Sound of silence from the Second Circuit. June 6, 2016 (Defenders of the Wall) Amicus briefs questions and answers: Could they be a deciding factor in deflategate? May 24, 2016 Sheilla Dingus (Defenders of the Wall) Article 46: Burning down the house? May 12, 2016, Sheilla Dingus (Defenders of the Wall) In support of Robert Kraft.
Sports Law Blonde
2018 Sports Law Hot Topics To Watch – Recommended follow for Athlete Safety
Independent Football Veterans
Sheilla Dingus: The CTE Lawsuit that Made it to Court, reprinted with permission, May 11, 2017.
Sheilla Dingus: The Lawyers’ Feeding Frenzy, reprinted with permission April 9, 2017
Dave Pear’s Blog
NFL’s Treatment Of Retired Players in Concussion Settlement Shows League’s Lack of Integrity, February 28, 2018 (reprinted with permission).
The Good Men Project
Sheilla was quoted in Power & Greed Use & Abuse College Athletes’ Brains, Bodies, and Rights w/o Pay by September 5, 2018.
USA Today – For the Win
Tweet included in Maryland football player makes powerful statement for fallen teammate after coach is reinstated, October 30, 2018.
Larry Brown Sports
New lawsuit alleges NFL knew about CTE for decades, Dan Benton, March 17, 2017 (cited – Sheilla)
The NFL is running out of junk science to peddle, so it has issued a bounty, Derek Helling, September 21, 2017 (cited – Sheilla)
Interviewed by Rob Morris for Anger Management Specialist Addresses Mixon Incident, February 3, 2017
The Sports Esquires Blog
April 17, 2017 (Feeding Frenzy Ensues as Lawyers Vie for Fees in the NFL Concussion Settlement)
2/6/2017 (Tale of Two Lawsuits)
Marquette Sports Law Society
Sports Wrap – Boston
(Sheilla was interviewed while still with the Patriots site Defenders of the Wall)
The Vegas Hockey Podcast
Derek discusses the NHL Concussion Settlement, CBA Negotiations, and Seattle expansion. December 1, 2018.
The Rude Dog Show with Rudy Reyes
Derek discusses the NHL Concussion Settlement and more. November 28, 2018
William Bartrum speaks with with Derek about the recent settlement between the NHL and former players. November 19, 2018
Sheilla discusses NFL Concussion Settlement issues. September 28, 2018.
Are NFL concussion payouts expected to grow?
Derek discusses a variety of sports fairness issues. September 2, 2018.
WSJS Sports Hub
Sheilla discusses the potential impact of the North Carolina bathroom bill with David Glenn.