Monthly Archives: October 2015

Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law to Host TBI Symposium on November 11

WHAT: The Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law will host its second annual symposium, “Traumatic Brain Injury: Lessons Learned from Our Nation’s Athletes and Military,” that will feature professionals knowledgeable in veterans’ issues including the effects of traumatic brain injury. These professionals will discuss the relationship between injuries observed in athletes and in our nation’s service members.10653537_10152859467538990_1898819128704717451_n

 

WHO: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Okie, former medical reporter and national science editor of the Washington Post, will discuss, “The Aftermath of Traumatic Brain Injury in the War Zone.”

 

Panelists include:

Amy Odom, director of litigation for the National Veterans Legal Services Program Alex Pracht, veteran of the U.S. Army and client of the MU School of Law Veterans Clinic Shawn Lee, veteran and attorney in the law firm, Fox Stretz and Quinn Eric Hart, associate clinical professor in the department of health psychology Paul Anderson, attorney with The Klamann Law Firm; creator of NFLConcussionLitigation.com Marvin Washington, member of the 1998 Denver Broncos Super Bowl team Douglas E. Abrams, associate professor of law Justin Trueblood, president of the Mizzou Law Sports Society Rex Sharp, associate athletic director for sports, University of Missouri Department of Athletics Michael Sam, former MU defensive lineman Amelia Tapp, decision review officer, St. Louis VA Regional Office

 

WHEN & WHERE: 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11

Room 7, Hulston Hall, MU Campus

 

NOTES: The symposium is free and open to the public. For a full schedule, please visit: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/event/program-17/

 

Live streaming of this event will be available at: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/event/video-3/

In the afternoon, the Veterans Clinic will host a free 3-hour continuing legal education session for attorneys and service officers discussing veterans’ benefits cases in detail.

 

Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. To register, please visit: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/event/registration/

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Brennan Takes High Schools to Task for Not Finding a Budget for Athletic Trainer

USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan wondered aloud in a column this week whether football would have made it as a sport if invented today? Her answer seemed to be, probably not because of the safety issue, especaily as it relates to concussions.

One of the most vexing issues to Brennan is the lack of athletic trainers.

“Only 37 percent of U.S. public high schools have full-time athletic trainers, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,” wrote Brennan.

“This means that thousands of high school football games go on every year without a certified athletic trainer anywhere nearby. So when a young athlete can’t get up after a hard hit or wobbles over to the sideline, clearly in trouble, a trained professional isn’t there to help him.

“We know why this is. Our public schools are slashing their budgets. Where’s the line item for the new athletic trainer? It doesn’t exist.

“But what kind of society allows a vast majority of its children at public schools to play such a rough and violent sport without any semblance of a safety net?”

For the full story, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/highschool/2015/10/28/high-school-football-deaths-head-injuries-concussions/74766208/

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Fitch Rates NFL’s Football Trust Notes an ‘A’, in Spite of ‘Higher Concussion Related Costs’

Fitch Ratings has assigned an ‘A’ rating to the National Football League’s $106.1 million senior secured notes due 2024 (add-on) issued through Football Trust. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

The ‘A’ ratings reflect the NFL’s position as the most popular professional sports league in the U.S. The NFL has a strong and highly regarded economic model, which includes sizable multi-year television contracts, significant revenue sharing among member clubs, a proven track record of conservative financial policies, and its current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its players union which includes a ‘hard’ salary cap. Strong forecasted league-managed revenues, primarily national television contracts provide the league-wide borrowing program debt with solid projected debt service coverage ratios and low leverage.

The ‘A’ rating further reflects the mechanics of the lock-box account for the purposes of collecting national television revenues, which are the primary source of revenues that service the debt, prior to any distributions to individual franchises. Additionally, since each club receives an equal share of revenues, no franchise’s share of the national television revenues is affected by its on-field performance. The rating reflects the team-specific nature of the obligations and the lack of a corporate (joint and several) obligation of the NFL; however, Fitch notes the NFL’s oversight and policy of supporting distressed franchises as a key mitigating factor.

However, the first “negative” factor influencing the rating in the press release was the following:

“Higher Concussion Related Costs: Increased direct costs to the NFL from players electing to opt-out of the concussion settlement.”

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