REAL Shaming Works!

Turd is still a Turd AwardFunny how real shaming works. First the NFL and all the lawyers who had the most to gain from the phony concussion settlement tried to stir up some of the players and their families into shaming those who had the guts to call a bad deal a bad deal by opting out and filing appeals. Thankfully, that didn’t gain much momentum.

Then they decided to lock the Seau family out from speaking at Junior Seau’s Hall of Fame induction because of some obscure rule they cited that never seems to be enforced.

And this morning, we noticed that an ESPN video clip we’d posted last week about the Seau’s mysteriously disappeared. Click HERE. (Does the NFL actually think they can completely erase every story that it ever happened?)

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NFL’s Concussion Problem Solved!

Many of you know that I’ve been involved in the battle against the NFL and the NFLPA over the past 7+ years (hey – why take sides?) for their longstanding mistreatment of its retired players. And the biggest problem that certainly won’t be going away soon is the concussion issue. Even with a so-called “Settlement” moving into place, appeals may even end up overturning it or once again splintering it all back into the original Mass Tort lawsuits that were the basis of every individual player’s claims.

But it turns out, I may have come up with a perfect solution for the League’s ongoing concussions problem! And it was right under our noses all the time! We may have a total Win-Win solution that could go take football into the next century without anyone objecting or ever suing everyone again! Why didn’t anyone think of this before?!! (This is why they pay me the big bucks!)

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How They Determine Punishment in the NFL

So now with all the media hype focused on Deflategate and Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension, it’s time to lighten things up a bit. And I’m sure everyone would love to know just how Goodell came up with punishment for having squishy balls on the field.

So how could I resist testing out this brand new version of Roger Goodell’s NFL Punishment Generator myself? Deadspin posted this up earlier today and I typed in “I did not help my friend when he needed me” and this was what came out after answering a few funny questions:

Roger Goodell Ruling Meme

Want to try it out? Click on the picture below:

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Matt Chaney – The 1890s: Cerebral Risks Confirmed on Gridiron

Brain Injury in American Football:

130 Years of Knowledge and Denial

Part One in a Series

By Matt Chaney

Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015

old football gameAs American football officials tell the story today, brain injury among players is a fledgling issue, identified only in recent years, the 2000s.

Administrators, coaches, trainers, doctors and researchers of contemporary football say they have only begun to grasp brain risk for players, while otherwise declaring no need for alarm. Officials say parents and children must not worry because dangers are exaggerated and countermeasures are in place.

The game embraces “concussion awareness” as never before, committing unprecedented dollars to research and prevention. “Heads Up Football,” for example, the program said to teach headless hitting to youths, is a household term for its $45 million in development and publicity funded by the NFL and players union.

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Who Should be Ashamed Now?

EDITOR’S NOTE Aug 2, 2015: The ESPN video clip on the Seaus being blocked from speaking at the Hall of Fame induction for Junior Seau has been taken down. We posted a new announcement about this today – click HERE.

Well, the headlines are hitting now. Junior Seau made the final cut for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. But his family has been banished from the event because the League and Roger Goodell have a good idea of what they’d say at this post-mortem award. Continue reading

Why Should We Keep Paying for Stadiums?

I generally don’t watch John Oliver but on rare occasion, he nails it! This recent rant on how cities get conned into forcing all of us to fund sports stadiums that ultimately only help the team owners. If they’re rich enough to buy a damn team, they’re rich enough to build their own damn stadiums.

AND actually pay for retired players disability benefits and pensions!

Paul Anderson: The Latest Wave

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our friend, Paul Anderson, attended some of our conferences in the past while he was still studying law. As a practicing attorney now covering concussion litigation among his many areas of practice, Paul has been following the NFL concussion lawsuit  closely. Paul has given us permission to re-post his latest observations on the final settlement offer from the NFL that is being appealed by players who have opted out. An excellent overview and the Law of Unintended Consequences at play once again. (Just opinions and not legal advice BTW)

The Latest Wave

by Paul D. Anderson Consulting, LLC

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Truth in Advertising

So the headlines are already out through AP that the NFL Concussion Settlement is now delayed by a small, selfish bunch of players who actually want to get paid for the brain damage inflicted on them from years of playing football for the League.

How about a more accurate headline?

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It’s Here! NFLPA 2014 – 2015 LM-2

bend overAmong the many reasons the NFL walked away from its nonprofit status was the disclosure of payoffs – er, payouts – from and to its various partners. For many reasons, other sports leagues (e.g. – MLB) had long opted out of their nonprofit protection to make it harder to uncover its management salaries while everyone knows Roger Goodell’s cheap annual paycheck of $40 million+.

But we always have a lot of fun when the NFLPA files its required annual LM-2 report, listing assets and liabilities along with details of its annual spending. The latest LM-2 was just filed this past May 29th.  Nothing much has changed: As Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith lagged way behind Roger Goodell’s $40 million, with his base salary of $2.4 million+ while Drew Brees wasn’t too far behind as a Vice President with a paltry $2.3 million+, easily beating VP Matt Hasselbeck’s salary of $36,000. It also looks like Electronic Arts licensing royalties are on the decline (?!!).

And of note: NFLPA “Medical Director” Thomas Mayer (also a past advisor to the NFL Disability Board) was paid $300,000 in consulting fees. Senior Director of Player Benefits Miki Yaras-Davis was paid $336,000!

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Judgment from Appeals Court in NFL/NFL Films Lawsuit

THIS JUST IN: A 3-judge panel just issued an opinion and judgment on the appeal by players/plaintiffs to the earlier settlement offer from the League.

We uploaded the letter from the court along with the full 33-page ruling to Scribd for easy downloading, reading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close).

Marshall v. NFL/NFL Films – Letter From Court Re Opinion

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