Category Archives: NFL

Going for the Sack: ESPN Argues that Jason Pierre-Paul Authorized Release of Medical Records

On September 12, 2016, ESPN and Adam Schefter filed an answer in Jason Pierre-Paul’s invasion of privacy lawsuit, claiming that the suit should be dismissed due to the fact that Pierre-Paul agreed to let his medical records go public. This is not the first time ESPN and Schefter have attempted to dismiss this case — back in May, ESPN claimed that dismissal was warranted under First Amendment protections for matters of public interest. In the answer, ESPN and Schefter raise several affirmative defenses, two of…

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Class Dismissed: Fifth Circuit Affirms Denial of Super Bowl Fans’ Class Certification

On September 9, 2016, the Fifth Circuit upheld a district judge’s decision to deny class certification to those fans who were displaced or denied entirely from seats at Super Bowl XLV. Additionally, it affirmed the dismissal of the breach of contract claim against the Dallas Cowboys, agreeing that the Cowboys, whose home stadium served as the location for Super Bowl XLV, were merely third-party vendors of tickets to the event. In doing so, the Fifth Circuit rejected several proposed classes of fans, including finding…

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Eleventh Hour Appeal Sends Concussion Settlement to Supreme Court, Delays Payouts

The family of former NFL fullback Carlton “Cookie” Gilchrist, who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after his death in 2011, has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the concussion case with the NFL that had reached a potential $1 billion settlement. The players suing the league had originally settled about three years ago before a federal judge finalized their agreement in March, with the terms permitting over 21,000 former NFL players to receive up to $5 million of the…

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NFL Stars Cleared of Al-Jazeera Doping Allegations

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Green Bay Packers, were cleared Wednesday, August 31, 2016 of claims in an Al-Jazeera report that they were provided with prohibited substances. This development comes after the NFL had already cleared Peyton Manning of similar accusations made in the same report that the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback had received or taken prohibited substances. It also comes after the NFL a few weeks ago threatened to suspend…

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Rams Claim They Owe Fans Nothing After Move to Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Rams responded to requests by fans to refund the purchases they made of useless seat licenses through the 2024 season. According to the NFL team, the plaintiff is misinterpreting the licensing agreements. The Rams are requesting that the court deny the requests of the proposed class. The Ram’s recent decision to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles has since caused issues with angry fans and season ticketholders. The plaintiffs point to a contract clause that obligates the team to pay back…

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Last Minute Hall of Fame Games Cancellation Result in $5M Suit

Fans acted swiftly after seeing their long awaited Hall of Fame Games at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium cancelled. Ticketholders have filed a proposed class action suit in Ohio federal court claiming breach of contract and requesting reimbursement for travel, lodging, tickets, concessions, and other expenses totaling $5 million. The annual popular preseason event hosted adjacent the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio is a weekend long happening that includes the induction of new hall of famers. This year the Indiana…

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Schlichter Seeks Retirement Benefits From NFL

Former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter, who famously gambled away a promising playing career, is suing the NFL Player Retirement Plan in an attempt to receive retirement benefits he claims to have earned during a season in which he was suspended for betting on sports. Schlichter’s argument is although he was suspended for the 1983 season, he remained contractually obligated to the Baltimore Colts and therefore he is entitled to have that season count towards his retirement benefits. In his complaint, Schlichter alleges he is suffering…

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Ex-NFLer Dismisses NFLAA Contract Cap Arguments as Irrelevant

In response to the National Football League Alumni Association’s (NFLAA) attempt to limit its liability in a suit, Earl Christy, former Jets player, is maintaining that the NFLAA’s arguments are inapplicable. In April 2015, Mark Bouldin, a developer of assisted-living centers and a non-party to the suit, entered into a consulting agreement with Christy. The ex-NFLer introduced Bouldin to NFLAA President, Joe Pisarcik. Christy is now claiming that he was fired by Mark Bouldin after Pisarcik colluded with the association and induced Bouldin to fire…

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Sports Authority Bankruptcy Unfolds: Broncos Get Stadium Naming Rights

The Sports Authority (SA) bankruptcy has been as exciting as can be expected from a former sporting goods powerhouse. Recently, a judge rejected a multimillion dollar exit bonus plan for the SA executives. The judge said, “I think it’s just inappropriate to pay senior executives bonuses when all the employees are losing their jobs.” After selling off all its physical merchandise in the last few months, the latest episode revolved around the naming rights of the stadium at Mile High. This too has now…

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NFL Hits Back At Disability Claim By Former Player

Charles Dimry, former cornerback in the National Football League, is not giving up on his disability claims against several NFL disability plans. The NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan and the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement plan recently filed a reply requesting, again, to dismiss Dimry’s claim of erroneously denied disability benefits for ex-players. After suffering major injuries during his NFL career, followed by several invasive surgeries – including an allegedly botched surgery for a protruding spinal disc, Dimry applied for full disability and was…

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