The Blitz 5/18/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

New Baylor Title IX Lawsuit:


Unrelated to the lawsuit, but ideas to prevent sexual assault in athletics and prevent the need of future similar suits:

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit:

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau et al. v. RD Legal Funding:

Strikes for Kids vs. NFL:

Minor League Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit

WWE Concussion Lawsuit:

Deppe vs. NCAA


Dawson vs. NCAA


Art DeCarlo vs. NFL


Kimberly Archie vs. Pop Warner, USA Football


Morris et al vs. Rutgers-Newark


Leonard Marshall v. Mustafa Bhatti


Moses Malone Jr. vs. James Harden


?Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez


Jourdan Lewis

Adam Pacman Jones


Patrick Mahomes


?Painkiller Pandemonium:


?Cannabis Conversation:


?Concussion Discussion:

?NFL Sidelines:

Harvard Player Health Study


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?NBA Hoops:


✊?Athlete Activism:


?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/18/51817/

The Blitz 5/15/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Art DeCarlo vs. NFL

OHL Minimum Wage Litigation


Dominique Easley Dog Bite Lawsuit

Joyce Li vs. ISE


?Crime Blotter:

Henry Stuckey

Another sad instance of brain injury taking its toll.


Rolando McClain


?Concussion Discussion:


While all improvements are welcome and needed, I have to ask if any helmet can protect against the brain’s impact against the skull?  Still technologies that can minimize or mitigate risk are important.


✊?Athlete Activism:


?The Scoop on Sports Betting:


?NFL Sidelines:


?NCAA Notebook:


?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/15/51517/

The Blitz – Weekend Edition 5/12/17

??In honor of Mother’s Day??

“My Mom, My Hero” by David Nelson – NFL, retired

More on David:

NFL Mom Annie Apple on domestic violence, college football, doing the right thing & more

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Titans’ Tajae Sharpe & Sebastian Tretola

Art DeCarlo vs. NFL


NFL Painkiller Lawsuits and NFLPA Grievance


My initial story on the NFLPA grievance:

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

Raiders’ Cheerleader Minimum Wage Lawsuit

Aaron Hernandez


Lorenzo Breland vs. Arena Football

USA Gymnastics


?Crime Blotter:

Mike Scott


Robby Anderson

?Concussion Discussion:


?Health & Safety:

Important message from Drew Brees. Heat stroke can affect an athlete in any sport and is especially dangerous at the high school level because in part of a shortage of athletic trainers who are trained to recognize and immediately address the symptoms. For this reason it is a leading killer of athletes at the high school level.

?Cannabis Conversation:

?NFL Sidelines:

Colin Kaepernick

Tim Kawakami’s Mercury News article sorts through the misinformation campaigns and points to an unofficial black balling of the quarterback.  Kawakami cuts through the myths and zero’s in on the facts.

Michael McCann examines Kaepernick’s limited legal options.


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?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

If you’re following the NFL’s sports betting hypocrisy, and wondering how their words and actions might collide, Daniel Wallach’s trilogy is essential reading.

?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/12/51217/

The Blitz 5/10/17

⚖️NFLPA Painkiller Grievance against NFL and 32 Member Clubs:

I discovered this during my evening “docket dig” yesterday, and published my article in the wee hours of the morning. It was nice to see that a number of media outlets picked up on the story.


I especially like articles by Rick Maese and Michael Hurley.

No one has a way with words quite like Sally Jenkins. She has a few choice ones for the NFL. I hope you’ll read them.

⚡️Aaron Hernandez Murder Conviction Vacated:


Extremely informative and insightful. Highly recommended listening!


⚖️Litigation Lane:

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement

Lane Johnson vs. NFLPA, NFL


Helmet Maker Lawsuits


DeMeco Ryans


?Crime Blotter:

Mike Scott


Michael Oher


?Concussion Discussion:


?NFL Sidelines:


?NHL Breakaways:


✊?Athlete Activism:


?The Scoop on Sports Betting:


?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/09/the-blitz-51017/

The Blitz Weekend Edition 5/5/17

⚖️Litigation Lane

Mike Peluso vs. Devils et al.

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation


NFL Concussion Settlement


NCAA vs. Insurers

Lane Johnson vs. NFLPA, NFL

Compilation of updates in the Lane Johnson lawsuit

Michigan State vs. ESPN


City of St. Louis vs. NFL


UNC Sham Classes

?Crime Blotter:

Rape at Penguins’ game?


Kevin Stevens


Doug Overton


Fan grazed by stray bullet at Cardinals game


Brandon Roy


Gareon Conley

?Concussion Discussion:

?Cannabis Conversation:

?Player Rights:

?NFL Sidelines:

?NBA Hoops:

?NHL Breakaways:

⚾️MBL Strikes:

?USA Gymnastics:

✊?Athlete Activism:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

 

?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/05/5517/

The Blitz 5/3/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Aaron Hernandez


NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

Lane Johnson

New filings in Lane Johnson case. I tried to compile everthing right here. Very interesting….

?Crime Blotter:

Gareon Conley


Robert Barber

Xavier Washington

Doug Overton


Elijah Holyfield

?Concussion Discussion:

Remembering Junior Seau

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?Cannabis Conversation:

?NFL Sidelines:

⚾️MLB Strikes:

Adam Jones incident


Postscript: I was very happy to learn of the ovation Jones received at Fenway the following night.

New ownership for Miami Marlins?

?NHL Breakaways

?NCAA Notebook:

UNC Sham Classes

Amateurism

?USA Gymnastics

✊?Athlete Activism:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/03/the-blitz-5317/

The Blitz 5/1/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement

Aaron Hernandez

UNC Fraudulent Classes Lawsuit

NBA Agent Poaching Lawsuit

Legislation

?Crime Blotter:

Jourdan Lewis

?Concussion Discussion:

?NFL Sidelines:

?Cannabis Conversation

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?NHL Breakaways:

I compiled a bunch of stuff regarding the NHL’s current litigation and concussion issues.

?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/05/01/the-blitz-5117/

NHL Special Report

The Blitz
As the NFL Draft captures most eyes, headlines, and media attention, some major developments in the world of hockey are taking place.   Major litigation is underway in a number of areas.  Players question Bettman’s decision to prohibit them from playing and representing their countries on the world’s greatest Olympic stage.  Both current and retired players are suffering, many are dying, as the NHL denies any wrong doing and seems oblivious to the fact that the men who play the game are human beings and not holographic characters in a virtual reality world.  In a game where skill and strategy should be desired and favored over violence and blood on the ice, those at the top of the food chain wish to continue to promote a gladiatorial style contest in which it’s desirable to bring an opponent as close to death as possible.  Hockey is a fast, unpredictable and thrilling game!  Must it also be a game of Russian Roulette for those on the ice?  Here’s a look at a few headlines and a few stories that should be.

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NHL Concussion Litigation

The stage is set.

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For months the NHL demanded every shred of CTE research done at Boston University. Dr. Ann McKee responded at first that she couldn’t release confidential medical records and tried to explain the peer review process and the scrutiny of the research that her research and that of her colleagues had undergone and why it was not necessary to have every shred of raw material and correspondence that the CTE Center had produced since the beginning of the research. Dr. Bennet Omalu got involved and wrote a letter to the court in defense of the research.

The NHL pushed back even harder, demanding the materials in redacted form. They realized this would effectively put an end to most brain injury research in the United States and even the world, as it would have taken BU more than THIRTEEN YEARS to comply with the demand.  Robert Silverman picks up the story:


The good guys win one! The bad guys counter.

Mike Peluso vs. NJ Devils, St. Louis Blues, Chubb Insurance

?Concussion Discussion:

⚖️More Litigation:

NHL vs. Dennis Wideman

This case has been called “Deflategate in reverse” because Commissioner Bettman doesn’t enjoy the unlimited power of his NFL counterpart Roger Goodell.  Mr. Bettman disagreed with a Neutral Arbitrator’s decision regarding discipline he imposed against defenceman Dennis Wideman. He took the case to court.  Here’s the story:

Wideman case

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And how it finally ended:

But now the official who was accidentally injured by the concussed Wideman has filed his own lawsuit.

Henderson vs. Dennis Wideman and the Calgary Flames

Fighting is quite popular in hockey both on the ice and also in courtrooms it seems. As with NCAA student athletes who are unable to receive any compensation for work while in college and Minor League baseball players who struggle for to receive minimum wage, developmental league hockey players face the same battle. Last week a judge ruled in favor of certifying the plaintiffs as a Class.  Rick Westhead explains how this is a huge victory for the players:

OHL Minimum Wage Lawsuit


Astute observation from TSN’s Rick Westhead, who, by the way, has been absolutely nailing the coverage of all the lawsuits involving the NHL from the start.

?Player Safety:

Well let’s just say it doesn’t seem to be a huge priority.

?The end.
(Not really.  In the NHL there’s always another fight to be fought.)

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/29/nhl-spec/

The Blitz 4/28/2017 Weekend Edition

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit

NFL Concussion settlement

Sagapolutele vs. NFL, Riddell

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

Hall of Fame Game Lawsuit

OHL Minimum Wage Lawsuit

NFL Cheerleader Class Action

Dawson vs. NCAA

Rutgers Insurers’ Lawsuit

Eli Manning Memorabilia Lawsuit


Aaron Hernandez


Pepsi Center sued for discrimination against deaf fans

?Crime Blotter:

David Parry

 13 Louisiana-Lafayette players arrested

?NFL Draft:

I did a special Draft Day edition yesterday, compiling some of the backstories and legal issues surrounding the draft.

Draft Day Special
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Here are a few more interesting Draft facts:

?NFL Sidelines:

Anthony Gonzalez thinks firing Roger Goodell would solve many of the NFL’s problems.

Tom Hanks on Raiders relocation

Finally. . . Something sensible from the NFL?

Why does this man insist on digging his grave with his mouth?

Racial divides in the NFL

NFL 88 Plan’s continuing quest to 86 benefits

?Concussion Discussion:

?NBA Fast Breaks:

?NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

?Player Rights:

✊?Athlete Activism:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/28/the-blitz-4282017/

The Blitz 4/27/17 – Draft Day!

?????I’m way behind on “Blitzing” but I thought I’d at least try to get a Draft Day Blitz out. These are some of the back stories you may have missed. ????? 

? Conduct Detrimental podcast:

The Dans discuss the legal issues surrounding the draft – You’ve got to give this a listen!

⚖️ Michael McCann’s take on Dalvin Cook’s situation:


?Joe Thomas Calls the Draft a “TV Show with Unpaid Actors”:

?Why does Goodell continue to call out player names at the draft?

?Welcome to Draft Day from Albert Breer:

?Eyeopening primer from Eriq Gardner on some not so pretty draft history:

?More on how the draft is illegal except when it isn’t from Sports Talk Florida:

?And finally…in honor of Draft Day it seems appropriate to show the Commish a little love:

?He has fans? Who knew?

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/27/the-blitz-42717-draft-day/

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