January 3, 2020
Dear Friend of Advocacy for Fairness in Sports,
The past year has really flown by! I hope that all of you had a happy holiday celebration and that the New Year treats you well. It's been quite an eventful year for Advocacy for Fairness in Sports in incorporating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all the growing pains associated with the move, but I believe it's been a positive step in reaching more people to promote issues of fairness in sports.
I feel our reporting is making a difference and take a small degree of satisfaction in the fact that at least in part, it seems to have forced the NFL to change strategy in the concussion settlement, perhaps (hopefully) slowing down their race to block as many awards as possible. Through our investigations of their bulk "objections" encompassing numerous players and publication of the relevant non-public documents, they seem to have retreated from the bulk tactics and are now attacking claims one-by-one. It's unfortunate and disheartening that they still continue to attack the men who built the league, but at least somewhat gratifying to know that we appear to have slowed them down in their attacks that can impact the entire class of retired players.
We've expanded our writing staff and would like to welcome Kelsey Trainor, who will be contributing from time to time and serving as a legal analyst. Kelsey is an attorney in New York City, working as in-house counsel with a media company, and also has production experience, in that she was part of the production team for the CBS drama, Blue Bloods.
Maurice Clarett, a former college standout who fell from grace and rebuilt his life in prison joins us as a columnist showcasing, "The Mind of Maurice Clarett." His perspective is especially valuable and his writing cuts to the heart of matters, with a focus on saving and enriching lives. His most recent column, "Charles Rogers Didn't Have to Die" is the first of our featured articles this month.