The Blitz 4/10/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit

Daryl Katz

Could this be one of the reasons NHL doesn’t have money for concussion research or to pay development league players minimum wage?

Baylor

Atlanta Braves


Will Smith Wrongful Death Lawsuit


Tennessee Titans vs. Stadium Vendor

?Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Jury deliberations resume in Aaron Hernandez trial today. Will they reach a verdict?

Charles Oakley

Philadelphia Eagles Fan Violence


Tramaine Brock


Trevone Boykin

?Concussion Discussion:

?NFL Sidelines:

?NHL Breakaways:

?USA Gymnastics:

✊?Athlete Activism:

Colin Kaepernick


Malcolm Brogdon


Thabo Sefolosha

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

This is today – 4/10/17 – keep an eye on @WALLACHLEGAL Twitter timeline for the latest.


Excellent article on PASPA timeline and progression by Prof. Ryan Rodenberg. It prompted me to add a few comments in regard to the sports leagues’ opposition.

Sports betting comments

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The Blitz – Weekend Edition – 3/7/17

⚖️Litigation Lane

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement

NCAA Concussion (Onyshko)

Tony Romo vs. NFL

Thabo Sefolosha

NFL Cheerleader Litigation

?Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Montee Ball

Marquis Bundy

Tom Brady’s Stolen Super Bowl Jerseys

?NFL Sidelines:

?NHL Breakaways:

?NBA Hoops:

NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

?Concussion Discussion:

?Cannabis Conversation:

?Painkiller Pandemonium:

? Health and Safety:

It’s been proven time and time again that sports leagues prioritize profits of over just about anything else.  Fans need to wisen up to the tricks and stop feeding the frenzy.  This video demostrates why resting players is important (duh) and how it can ultimately benefit the team.  Can’t recommend this video highly enough.


✊?Athlete Activism:

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Daniel Wallach’s sports betting webinar at GiGse

?Everything Else:

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The Blitz 4/5/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement


NFL Painkiller Lawsuit


Lane Johnson

Minor League Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit


Ryans Zimmerman vs. Al Jazeera


?Crime Blotter:

Louis Delmas


?Essential Reading!

This is powerful.  And important.

?Concussion Discussion:


?NFL Sidelines:


⚾️MLB Strikes:


?NHL Breakaways:


?NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

✊?Athlete Activism:


?The Scoop on Sports Betting:


?This & That:

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The Blitz 4/3/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

?Painkiller Pandemonium:

I didn’t have time to get an article out but you can catch up on the latest in the NFL painkiller lawsuit through these tweets and the linked documents.

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement

Onyshko vs. NCAA


Jennifer Bradley vs. NCAA

Libel suit against Al Jazeera

UNC

?Crime Blotter:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope


Four Current and Former (now NFL) Iowa Football Players Arrested

?Concussion Discussion:

?NFL Sidelines:

Interesting stuff here including talk about Goodell’s continued role as commissioner, marijuana, and player discipline.

I had a hard time deciding where to put this one since all leagues are represented, but finally decided on the NFL since the wealthiest league sits at the bottom of the list. One might also note that these figures are before taxes. Player salaries stand to take a tax hit of near 50% in some states. Also to be noted: NCAA player averages salaries – $0.

Raiders Relocation

NFLPA

⚾️MLB Strikes:

?NCAA Notebook:

Title IX


Seems the problem stretches all the way into Canada

Amateurism

?Women’s Hockey:

✊?Athlete Activism:

Colin Kaepernick

Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins


Chris Long / Waterboys

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

 

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The Blitz Weekend Edition 3/31/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation


DC United


Baylor

?Legislative Ledger:

?Crime Blotter:

Michael Irvin

Adam Jones

Dillon Kramer (son of Erik Kramer)


Aaron Hernandez


Beer League Goalie

?Concussion Discussion

?NFL Sidelines:

Player Health & Safety

Raiders relocation

⚾️MLB Strikes:

Jeurys Familia


Oakland A’s

?NCAA Notebook:

Vassar

Amateurism


But no $$ for players…

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✊?Athlete Activism

Colin Kaepernick

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

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The Blitz 3/30/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Joe Mixon


Jeanie Buss


Jeurys Familia


Baylor


Lane Johnson


Arkansas gun law


?Crime Blotter:

Michael Irvin

Death threat against NCAA referee


Deiondre’ Hall


?Concussion Discussion:


NFL Concussion Settlement is turning nasty


From what I can tell, many former players and their families will be left “out to dry” as well.


It won’t. While BAP is being presented as a benefit, it has the potential to backfire and be used against the players. Note: Those who opt out of BAP will receive a 10% deduction from their award.  Curious.

?Painkiller Pandemonium:


?NFL Sidelines:

Raiders

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Dallas Cowboys owner and new Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Jones looks on prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: Dallas Cowboys owner and new Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Jones looks on prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Reports: Jerry Jones Profits From Influencing Team Relocations, NFL Wanted Oakland To Evict A’s

Michael Hurley makes a good case for Jones as the driving force behind the Raiders’ relocation.


?NBA Dunks:


⚾️MLB Strikes:


?NCAA Notebook

Amaterurism

Unfairness of the NCAA transfer rule.

Kevin Trahan delivers an outstanding piece of journalism as he tells the story of Johnnie Vassar.  I’ve included both the long and short versions; recommend the long one.

✊?Athlete Activism:

USA Hockey

Colin Kaepernick

Regardless of where you stand (or kneel) I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this one!


?The Scoop on Sports Betting:


Great opportunity – and its free! (12:00-1:00 pm EDT)

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Blitz Special Edition – 3/28/17 – Raiders Relocation

Blitz - Raiders relocation

Yesterday the NFL  said “Adios Oakland” and “Viva Las Vegas,” leaving many long-time Oakland Raiders fans in turmoil.  This special edition of the Blitz is dedicated to them.  As such, I’ve tried to round up some of the best articles and tweets of the day, which capture the range of sentiments expressed as well as the blatancy of the NFL in its never-ending quest for the ever-higher profit margin and the level of hypocrisy it continues to expose.

Before moving through a timeline of the day’s events, I’ll start with what I feel was the best piece to come out on the story via Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman:

The morning was tense as everyone awaited news from the owners meeting.  Derek Helling posted at Fansided in an objective attempt to make sense of the conflicting messages.

In the meantime:

Michael Abromowitz did some digging.

Media kept a watchful eye on the owners’ meeting.


Brandon Marshall contemplated how Sin City might overwhelm young players.

Then news emerged.


An unlikely hero.

There are times when words seem inadequate – but I felt I needed to say something.  I’m glad my words were taken in the right spirit.


Some reminisced.

In whatever the NFL might hope to gain (and may perhaps ultimately loose) by this move, their hypocrisy regarding gambling is in full display.  A sports league, who in conjunction with other leagues, continues to battle in court, the taxpaying voters of New Jersey in opposition to their right to legalize sports betting has now placed a team in the gambling and sports book capital of the United States; all the while maintaining the line that they continue to oppose sports gambling.  Their audacious ( and so far successful) circumvention of states’ rights and voters’ ability to decide their own laws is staggering.   Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones have invested in DraftKings.  The NFL has no problem in accepting DFS advertisements or the revenue for the same.  The bumbling and awkward manner in which Roger Goodell has addressed this would be laughable if not for the fact that people are being disregarded.  And that is never funny, even though the powerful impose their will regardless, typically in the quest for more power and ever higher profit.

If any good does come from this move, it will be that the NFL will not for much longer, be able credibly maintain its position on the evils and dangers of legal sports betting.  Here are some good analyses of the likelihood that placing an NFL franchise in Las Vegas might pave the way for other people in other states to enjoy the benefits of legalized and regulated sports gambling.  Here’s some good content in that regard.


Chargers Joshua Perry managed to find a silver lining for the players


Michael McCann and Robert Raiola explain.

Observations.

Parting thoughts . . .

As a Patriots fan, if there’s one thing I learned during Deflategate, it’s that the NFL will manipulate anything it can to its advantage.  (Okay – two things . . . ) And that when people who typically support other teams come to bat for your team it means a lot.  I hope that all of the Patriots fans reading will support the Oakland fans (and San Diego fans and St. Louis fans) who’ve recently had their teams torn from their cities.  Tax payers should not be forced to finance the NFL’s ambitions, especially while that same NFL seeks to thwart the efforts of the tax-paying voters of New Jersey.  If we can all learn to root for our teams on the field and enjoy friendly rivalries, but when the chips are down, unite with and support each other against a tyrannical league – one that exploits its players past and present as well as fans, perhaps we can find a way to restore true integrity to professional football.

⚡️The Blitz 3/28/17 regular edition with all the rest of the news.

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The Blitz 3/28/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Lane Johnson


Buss Family


Cleveland Indians

?Crime Blotter:

Hassan Childs


Trevone Boykin


Aaron Hernandez


Graham Spanier

✊?Athlete Activism:

USA Hockey

?NFL Sidelines:

Special Edition of the Blitz devoted to Raiders relocation

?NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

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The Blitz 3/27/17

?NFL Sidelines:

Raiders relocation

Roger Goodell


So I wrote a letter to Roger Goodell about some other issues


Tony Romo Fantasy Football Convention

✊?Athlete Activism:

USA Hockey

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Colin Kaepernick


Martellus Bennett


NFLPA


Coach Jim Harbaugh

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement


Here’s one way it’s happening


…And in the insurers lawsuit…


Meanwhile, on the NCAA front:

Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit

WWE Brain Injury Lawsuit

?Crime Blotter:

Aaron Hernandez

Tre’Von Armstead (Baylor)


Deiondre Hall and Makinton Dorleant


Patrick Onesko (Cal U.)

?Concussion Discussion:


NFL Hires a New Chief Medical Officer

?NBA Dunks:

NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

?The Scoop on Sports Betting:

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The Blitz 3/25/17

?To start off:

I wrote a letter to Roger Goodell addressing a number of critical issues in the NFL.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read and share.

While I haven’t heard  back from the Commissioner, I’ve had some feedback from others.  A Broncos fan pointed out another serious concern:

✊?✊??Athlete Activism:

?Womens’ Hockey:

Colin Kaepernick

Martellus Bennett

?NFL Sidelines:

Rule change proposals

Player safety

Relocation-Raiders


Relocation-Chargers

NFLPA

?Crime Blotter:

Graham Spanier

Adam Jones


Aaron Hernandez


Sam Ukwuachu

⚖️Litigation (and Legislation) Lane:

Georgia Title IX Legislation


Dennis Wideman


Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit

?Concussion Discussion:

?NCAA Notebook:

Amateurism

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