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/

The Blitz – Weekend Edition – 4/22/17

Happy Weekend from Advocacy for Fairness in Sports and The Blitz

?Concussion Discussion:

I had a few Twitter followers tweet this story to me.  I tweeted and put it on The Blitz the day it was published but it’s such an important story I decided to run it again.  I think every NFL fan should see this…so ICYMI


?Painkiller Pandemonium:


?Cannabis Conversation:


⚡️Aaron Hernandez:

There were so many articles on the tragic life and death of Aaron Hernandez – from thoughtful opinion pieces and comments – to straight news – to insightful legal analyses – that I decide to compile what I felt were the best of the bunch .  You can find it all right here.

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Mike Peluso vs. NJ Devils

Don Henderson vs. Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames


Matt Heimlich’s breakdown of the initial lawsuit: The Dennis Wideman Suspension and Subsequent Legal Debacle
My breakdown of the verdict: Deflategate Legacy Lives on in Wideman Ruling

Chris Davis / Orioles errant bat lawsuit

Eli Manning / Giants memorabilia lawsuit


Minor League Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit

Joe Mixon

?Crime Blotter:

Cardell Hayes sentencing for the murder of Will Smith

Cyrus Kouandjio

?NFL Sidelines:

Will Myles Garrett’s decision to sit out the draft put the NFL & NFLPA at odds?

Leaked Wonderlics

?Vegas Baby!

Officiating


⚾️MLB Pitches:


But this seems to be a positive change.


?NCAA Notebook:


✊? Athlete Activism:

I most often report on the controversies affecting the world of sports but always enjoy seeing the good athletes do which by far outweighs the bad.  As an animal lover and former rescuer, I thought this was especially cool.


Another endeavor worthy of applause! ???

?This & That:


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The Blitz 4/19/17

NFL Blitz

The NFL – Is the shield soiled?

⚖️Conduct Detrimental:

In this new Conduct Detrimental episode, Daniel Wallach and Dan Werly take on the Aaron Hernandez “not guilty” verdict, Eli Manning and the Giants’ “Memorabiliagate” developments and the relocation lawsuit brought by the City of St. Louis against the NFL and how it may impact relocations going forward.  ❗️SPOILER ALERT❗️  Wallach says, “It may be time for the NFL to face a significant defeat.”  Make sure you give this a listen!

Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison cell:

Initial thoughts: I awoke to the news of Hernandez’s suicide, still pretty fresh at the time of this post.  If Hernandez was guilty of murder, which is likely, that can no way be condoned.  Yet still I see tragedy in so many wasted lives – those of the victim(s) as well as his own.


I can’t help but believe that in the worst of us there is a glimmer of good and in the best, a sliver of darkness.
As such, these are the images I can’t seem to erase from mind’s eye:

In view of all that’s happened, I thought it would be appropriate to link to this well done Sports Illustrated longform article which traces Aaron Hernandez’s downward spiral through the eyes of his brother.  Reading it only adds to the complex tragedy that turned so many lives upside down.

?NFL Concussion Settlement:

?Painkiller Pandemonium:

New filing in the NFL Clubs painkiller lawsuit

A casual reading of the complaint would indicate players seek damages from concealment and masking of their injuries by way of imprudent use of painkillers, however . . .
(NOTE:) Apologies to regular readers if you’ve already seen this – but since it’s not getting a great deal of coverage, I thought I’d run it one more days for those who may have missed it.

It’s interesting to note that the NFL Clubs reference the players’ disability and workers’ compensation applications in order to infer that the injuries were football related and therefore outside the statute of limitations (which they would be if they were suing in that regard.)  I did a little digging and learned that all but four players (Evans – deceased; Renfro and Greene; and Ashmore (currently appealing a denial) were granted disability in some form.  Their argument is that the players were injured from playing football, which they were, but the Clubs attempt to divert the allegations of how players were pressured to play through injuries with the over-use of painkillers which amplified and exacerbated the problem.  The players state that it was many years after their injuries occurred, or for some, internal organ damage surfaced, that the correlation between the painkillers and their current health problems was realized.  The manner in which the Court views the statute of limitations will likely be one of the biggest factors and hurdles for the players to overcome in this case.

Remainder of #NFL Clubs #PainkillerLawsuit filing seeks Summary Judgment on Statute of Limitations grounds
PDF: https://t.co/FKx7LPjz3C

— Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) April 16, 2017

?Concussion Protocol:

?Cannabis Conversation:

⚖️Strikes for Kids vs. NFL:

?Raiders to Vegas:

⚖️Lane Johnson vs. NFLPA, NFL:

I’d love to see Lane Johnson pull this one out. Too many players have been suspended because they’re unsure of what’s legal.


This is status quo for the NFL, but it doesn’t seem right to see Jeffrey Kessler sitting on that side of the table.

⚖️City of St. Louis vs. NFL:

⚖️Eli Manning  Memorabilia Lawsuit:

✊?Player Activism:

?Joe Mixon:


?Celebration Penalties:


?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/19/the-blitz-41917/

The Blitz 4/17/17 – Updated!

?Painkiller Pandemonium & the Cannabis Conversation?

New filing in the NFL Clubs painkiller lawsuit

A casual reading of the complaint would indicate players seek damages from concealment and masking of their injuries by way of imprudent use of painkillers, however . . .

It’s interesting to note that the NFL Clubs reference the players’ disability and workers’ compensation applications in order to infer that the injuries were football related and therefore outside the statute of limitations (which they would be if they were suing in that regard.)  I did a little digging and learned that all but four players (Evans – deceased; Renfro and Greene; and Ashmore (currently appealing a denial) were granted disability in some form.  Their argument is that the players were injured from playing football, which they were, but the Clubs attempt to divert the allegations of how players were pressured to play through injuries with the over-use of painkillers which amplified and exacerbated the problem.  The players state that it was many years after their injuries occurred, or for some, internal organ damage surfaced, that the correlation between the painkillers and their current health problems was realized.  The manner in which the Court views the statute of limitations will likely be one of the biggest factors and hurdles for the players to overcome in this case.

Marijuana/CBD presents a promising solution . . .


A few excerpts . . .

⚖️Litigation Lane:

In this new Conduct Detrimental episode, Daniel Wallach and Dan Werly take on the Aaron Hernandez “not guilty” verdict, Eli Manning and the Giants’ “Memorabiliagate” developments and the relocation lawsuit brought by the City of St. Louis against the NFL and how it may impact relocations going forward.  ❗️SPOILER ALERT❗️  Wallach says, “It may be time for the NFL to face a significant defeat.”  Make sure you give this a listen!

Eli Manning  Memorabilia Lawsuit

Great American Insurance Company vs. The Big 10 Conference (concussion coverage lawsuit)

NFL Concussion Settlement

City of St. Louis vs. NFL

?Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Ray McDonald

?NFL Sidelines:

 ?NCAA Notebook:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/17/the-blitz-41717/

The Blitz 4/15/17 – Easter Weekend Edition

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Eli Manning  Memorabilia Lawsuit

City of St. Louis vs. NFL Rams Relocation Lawsuit 

NFL Concussion Settlement

ICYMI: My deep-dive on the legal infighting in the concussion settlement and how it will impact players and their families:

Jennifer Bradley vs. NCAA Concussion Lawsuit

Jose Reyes


Kerry Walsh Jennings

 ?Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

?NFL Sidelines:

From sadness and loss comes a story of life and good ❤️

Challenge and Inspiration

Raiders to Vegas

Blandino leaves NFL officiating to join Fox Sports

?NBA Dunks:

?NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

?Concussion Discussion:

✊?Athlete Activism:

?Cannabis Conversation:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Outstanding work from Daniel Wallach highlighting the NFL’s hypocrisy in regard to sports gambling and how it (finally) undermines their legal arguments. (Three-part series)

?Horseracing:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/15/the-blitz-41517/

The Blitz 4/14/17

?Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Dies:

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Eli Manning

High-end Memorabilia Theft

City of St. Louis vs. NFL 

NFL Concussion Settlement

Sex Tape Lawsuit

Lane Johnson

Derrick Rose


USA Football / Pop Warner

Likeness and “Right of Publicity” Maloney vs. T3 Media

?Crime Blotter:

Raiders

Aaron Hernandez

Today begins day six of jury deliberations. Thus far the jury has spent 32 hours in deliberations


Louis Murphy


on the other hand…

?NFL Sidelines:

Raiders to Vegas

Regardless of your feelings about the Raiders’ move, this is an incredible piece of journalism revealing a largely untold behind-the-scenes story.

A Peek Inside the Mind of Bill Belichick


?NHL Breakaways:

?NCAA Notebook:

NC HB 728 Threatens Succession from ACC

Amateurism

 

?Concussion Discussion:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/14/the-blitz-41417/

The Blitz 4/12/17

?Crime Blotter:

Joe McKnight Death


Aaron Hernandez Trial


In addition to Tom Brady’s jerseys – an incredible tale of memorabilia theft


Junior Galette

?Concussion Discussion:

Concussion Settlement

?Painkiller Pandemonium:

?NFL Sidelines:

⚾️MLB Strike Zone:

?NCAA Notebook:

?Horseracing Lines:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting

In Part 1 of a series, Daniel Wallach demonstrates how the NFL’s hypocrisy on sports betting may have irreparably harmed its “irreparable harm” defense


Solicitor General meeting with NJ, sports leagues

?This & That:

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2017/04/12/the-blitz-41217/

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