The Blitz 1/7/17

Lane Johnson Takes on the NFL and NFLPA

This came out when Johnson filed against the NFL and Players’ Association with the DOL:

The Consistent Inconsistency of NFL Discipline:

Elsewhere in the NFL:

Seems they’re downplaying it for now, but this has the potential to become very nasty.

Concussion Discussion:

NFL Insurers Litigation

And speaking of the concussion settlement…

While it’s better than nothing, so many former players will be awarded much less than they anticipated or left out in the cold altogether.

Outstanding read about Brandi Weinans’ important advocacy work in helping players and their families transition to post-football life:

Not just a football problem…


I don’t see this as the ideal partnership. While I do feel that both the Army and NFL would like to minimize the risk, and improve safety, I don’t see this as a primary goal of either party. Both the NFL and Army appear to be essentially focused on keeping the participant in action, whether on the playing field or battlefield. What’s best for the goal vs. what’s best for the individual….Just my opinion…..Here’s the latest on the research.

MLB Hits:

Nathaniel Grow will be discussing this with Dan Werly and Daniel Wallach on next week’s Conduct Detrimental podcast.

NCAA Notes:

The Latest on Joe Mixon:

Title IX News:

The Scoop on Sports Betting:

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The Blitz 1/6/17

NCAA Notes:

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post takes on the Seventh Circuit:

Title IX:

Title IX is only mandated to schools who receive federal funding. Shame.

Joe Mixon:


Concussion Discussion:

Important Concussion Settlement Information for Former NFL Players—

For clarity, this was written before SCOTUS declined review. The points are even more vital now that it’s a go.

This isn’t exclusively on concussions, but deals with them and conflicts within the NFL Medical system. Good RX by the Doc!

Noteworthy in the NFL:

NFL player discipline tops Jamie’s list. Public funding for stadiums is another hot-button topic. Good read!

Report: Lane Johnson is no longer alone in filing unfair labor charges against the NFLPA

Crime Blotter:

These SI longform articles are long, but well worth taking the time to read. Dan Greene brings out the humanity in Randle’s downward spiral.

The Scoop on Sports Betting

This is the only time I’ve ever seen this defense: “My company’s illegal.”

This & That:

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The Blitz 1/5/17

Concussion Discussion:

Outstanding piece about some outstanding work!

U.S. Gymnastics Scandal:

NFL Notebook:

MLB Hits:

Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women in College Sports:

Disturbing they seem to take what happened so lightly.

NCAA – Student Athlete Debate:

I saw this proposed Mississippi bill which would create an escrow account to pay players who participate in bowl games after their graduation.  All of the attorneys I spoke with in regard to it voiced varied reasons why it would not pass muster but I love the thought.  One day…

Deflategate and Player Discipline:

In case you missed this…you really should listen to the Dans and guest Ian Gunn discuss the most important sports/sports law stories of the past year. This episode begins and ends with Deflategate and player discipline discussion. Highly recommend tuning in for that and all the issues in between.

Crime Blotter:

It will be interesting to see how he tries to explain the allegations of spitting on a nurse.

The Scoop on Sports Betting:

This & That::

Yes, as a former dancer, I do consider dancing to be a type of sport.

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The Blitz 1/4/17

Top Sports Law Stories of 2016:

In this year-end wrap-up, Dan Werly, Daniel Wallach, along with guest Ian Gunn discuss the biggest sports/sports law stories of the past year.  For me there were some surprises on the list.  Stimulating discussion, great review, and an idea of what to watch for as this year unfolds.

NFL Notebook:

MLB – Arizona Diamondbacks Want New Stadium:

NCAA – Student Athlete vs. Employee:

Debate – How to Deal with Violence Against Women in College Sports:

Concussion Discussion:

This was the “Living CTE” suit which I felt showed promise. According to attorney Tim Howard, the case will now go forward by way of individual player suits state-by-state.

Crime Blotter:

The Scoop on Sports Betting:


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The Blitz 1/3/17

Joe Mixon Plays in Sugar Bowl

Title IX:

NCAA Numbers Game:

NFL Coaching & Relocation Upheavals:

I was being sarcastic in my response to Michael David Smith…but what if….? (He did give it a like 🙂 )

This & That:

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The Blitz 1/2/17


Wow! Ir’s hard to believe Advocacy for Fairness in Sports is only starting its 3rd month, and already we’re off and running into a New Year! I’m truly humbled by and so very appreciative of the friendship and support many of you have shown since the “Deflategate days,” and moving onward. I’m at a loss for words to express my gratitude!

As I think about things I’d like to see in the coming year, near the top of my wish list is to add some additional writers to the “staff.” I’m especially hopeful to hear from law students, as I think it would be an opportunity of mutual benefit; writing about important issues in sports law would give added exposure to new writers/future attorneys while at the same time, allowing for broader coverage of a greater variety of sports fairness issues for the blog. Together I believe we can make a impact for the better! If you’re interested in writing, or know someone who might be, you can learn more here, or if you have a news tip, story idea, or other comments, click here; I’d like to hear from you. Also, to everyone reading who’s is interested in sports fairness issues, I’d like to invite you to join our little Facebook group.  To friends old and new, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! The challenges may be great but the possibilities are also endless. Let’s make a difference together! #OnTo2017


And now for today’s Twitter news round-up…

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Sports:

This is an impressive summary of the Sooner’s handling of the Joe Mixon case by Rexford Sheild.

Lindsay is one of the many incredible people I’ve been blessed to interact with over the past year. She delivers an excellent take in this article (as always)

She was also instrumental in inspiring me to take on the topics of sexual assault and domestic violence.  You can read my first article here, and her piece that inspired me here.

This is an important and disturbing development. We need to make sure our congressional representatives are aware of the facts and that we object to moving backward.

This isn’t a sports article, but is a very important, and under-reported issue in regard to domestic violence.  I hope you’ll find time to give it a read.

Concussion Discussion:

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, I wrote an article about the NFL insurers lawsuit against the league and how it’s now proceeding to discovery.  In my opinion this will be one of the more important sports law cases of the coming year.

Three of my favorite sports law attorneys, Daniel Wallach, Dan Werly, with top concussion litigation expert Paul D. Anderson, discussing perhaps the most important and vital issue in sports. You really owe it to yourself to listen to this podcast. If you’d like to access it on itunes and subscribe, here’s the link.

Rick Westhead’s been nailing coverage of the NHL concussion suit and what’s being revealed in discovery there. Here’s the latest:

NFL Notebook:

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. As Jaime said, “2017 has begun.”

Things are rarely black and white, and often there are no clear-cut answers.  Such is the case of Michael Floyd.  Fact: his DUI arrest revealed a high level of intoxication.   While not a violent crime, driving while intoxicated is dangerous not only to the driver, but threatening and potentially deadly to others who share the road.  What we don’t know, and probably never will,  is if this is habitual or an isolated instance?  Floyd has shown himself to be a capable football player, but this doesn’t excuse placing others in danger.  As the criminal justice process unfolds and league discipline is decided, I think it’s best to keep an open mind.  He’s probably wound up in the best situation possible – the Patriots are known for having a disciplined system; Belichick’s reformed more than one loose cannon, so I’m hoping this turns out to be a good fit.  As always Michael Hurley has delivered some well reasoned thoughts on the subject.

This & That:

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Lindsay wrote this prior to last year’s Super Bowl. If you missed it then, it’s well worth reading now.

One final thought…

I’m thankful for the valuable insights Dr. Abrams has contributed to Advocacy for Fairness in sports.  You can read an in-depth interview with him here.  He also, along with Daniel Wallach added some important thoughts about handling domestic violence in the NFL in this one.

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News Blitz 12/31/16

Concussion Discussion:

The NFL will finally have to undergo discovery regarding its knowledge of concussions. On Twitter, Daniel Wallach broke the news of a New York Appellate Court’s denial of the NFL’s motion to halt discovery. Fifty depositions per side can now proceed, and are scheduled to take place between April 2017 and March 2018. The NFL is now required to provide concussion documents to insurers by March 3rd.

If they don’t settle prior to discovery proceeding, the NFL will most likely move to seal the documents from public release. A higher court has released NHL emails in a different concussion suit against league wishes. Hopefully it will begin to become clear within the next year the extent to which the NFL has been aware of concussion dangers.

Astute observation from Wallach:

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Sports

Must read from Adrienne Lawrence:

Ray McDonald

Derrick Rose:

No real surprise here….




Title IX Hurdles:

ICYMI – All of my sexual assault and domestic violence articles are corralled here.

Crime Blotter:

NCAA Notes:

NFL Penalty Flags:

NFL Cyber-Security & Deflategate:

This & That:

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Special Edition Blitz – The Notorious NCAA 12/30/16

The Blitz - The Notorious NCAA
Listen in for essential insights on “commercialism vs. amateurism” in this Conduct Detrimental podcast with Dan Werly and Daniel Wallach with guest Professor Warren K. Zola. “In 2025 people won’t realize how different things were in 2016.” Find out why.

Title IX Scandals:

Is cheer-leading a sport?


Scheduled for the Belk Bowl and given $450 gift card, Jeremy Sprinkle is suspended for attempting to shoplift from Belk.

And more serious crime:


And one final tweet, just because I found it interesting:

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The Blitz 12/30/16

The Cost of Concussions:

Crime Blotter:

NFL Notes:

Sports Betting Wager:

This & That:


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The Blitz 12/29/16

Thank you!

The Advocacy for Fairness in Sports blog just celebrated its 2-month anniversary.   We’ve had over 10,000 hits to the site in our second month!  Thanks so much for reading, and my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your support! ~ Sheilla

NFL Sidelines:

Here’s hoping the field will be ready…

Domestic Violence:

Concussion Discussion:

NCAA Notes:

The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Reply briefs were just filed in the N.J. SCOTUS bid. Daniel Wallach delivered outstanding coverage of this on Twitter yesterday, featuring the briefs by Gov. Christie and the N.J. Horsemen’s Association page by page in their entirety along with expert legal commentary.  @WALLACHLEGAL is definitely a must follow if you want to stay informed on the march toward legalized sports betting!

New Jersey Horseman’s Association Brief:

Gov. Christie’s brief:

The latest movement in Minnesota Wild vs. Draft Ops:

Olympic Aftershocks:

This & That:

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