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  • Published: Apr 20th, 2012
  • Category: NFL Football
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Dave Pear, former Raider, announces IFV-TV.

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This is a reprint of Dave Pear’s blog post of 4/18.  We thank him for appearing on NNR several times.  We also thank him for all the work he and others have done to help those that built the NFL to the 10 billion dollar a year business it has become.

View the conference live at .

First of all, we want to thank every one of our readers for their patience. We’ve been intentionally quiet in holding back until the last minute to announce more about our Second Annual Independent Football Veterans Conference coming up this weekend in Las Vegas. A lot of our readers have been checking in and many of you (friends and others) have been anxiously looking for more details on our panel discussion topics.

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  • Published: Dec 8th, 2011
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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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We welcome Neal Coolong Steeler beat writer for Behind the Steel Curtain and Yahoo Sports to preview the Browns game tonight.

Then Dave Pear well known NFL blogger joins me to bring us up to date on the status of lawsuits by retired NFL players to get the health benefits they deserve.

Finally, Dactar will join us to preview the Browns game.  We will end the show right at 7:30 then encourage everyone to switch over to his site http://www.blogtv.com/People/dactar  for his pregame show.

Also be sure to join Dactar for his Browns Pre-game show 45 minutes before kickoff.  Then for in game
chat, join Mr. Moohead and me on and stay tuned for his half time and post-game analysis (and rant if the team loses or plays poorly which is too often the case).

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball,
done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits
https://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for . He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at  http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  


The devil of the new NFL CBA is in the details for retired players

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NOTE:  This is a reprint of Mr. Hogan’s editorial.

We thank him for his efforts and encourage each reader to sign the petition for the independence of the retired players from the NFLPA.

By John V. Hogan, Esq.

The new CBA contains a provision that on its face appears to be of benefit to some retired NFL players receiving Total and Permanent disability benefits under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan. Article 61, Section 2 (a) (i) provides that a player will be permitted to receive up to $30,000 per year of earned (i.e. “work”) income without affecting his disability benefits. Presumably this was enacted to allow guys to be paid some appearance fees or earnings from card signings and other events without jeopardizing their “total disability” eligibility.

However, I’m sure than many – if not most – retired NFL players who receive T&P disability from the Bell/Rozelle Plan also receive Social Security disability. If so, having earned income up to $30,000 per year would most likely cause a cessation of their SSA benefits. In general, a person receiving Social Security disability benefits may work and earn up to a maximum of $1,000 per month gross ($12,000 per year) before they are deemed to be able to engage in “substantial gainful activity.”

Under Social Security rules, any work activity must be reported so that the Social Security Administration can determine whether the claimant’s condition has improved. If it has – and they have the ability to work – then they are no longer considered disabled.

As $12,000 is significantly less than $30,000, I have no doubt that many players will (being confused or not paying attention) exceed SSA’s earnings limit. At that point, they may be faced with a cessation of their disability benefits, liability for overpayment of Social Security benefits they have received after they have engaged in substantial gainful activity, as well as loss of their medical benefits from Medicare.

Here’s the Trojan Horse: Under Plan Section 5.3(b) a player receiving T&P benefits from the Plan must submit proof annually of his continued receipt of Social Security disability benefits and must immediately report any revocation of those benefits to the Plan. It’s not very difficult to see the scenario that then unfolds – the player is then sent to one of the Plan’s chosen doctors who opines that he is not totally disabled…

I’m glad to know that some limited income will not automatically disqualify a disabled retired NFL player from receiving his T&P benefits but as a true believer in Murphy’s Law – and as an attorney who has had extensive dealing with the Bell/Rozelle Plan – I’m sure that many guys will come to know how the citizens of Troy felt when the Greeks decimated them.

I could go on for hours and would be happy to at some other time. I would also be happy to provide you with any specific citations, evidence, etc., you would care to see.

John Hogan

Disability Attorney

Retired Football Players Advocate

That is what I think.  Tell me what you think.

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we thank Dave Pear for this information. Please check out the Declaration of Independence on and sign on as a fan.  We all can make a difference.

Thank you in advance.

I would like to thank Miller Beer for their support of our military.  They donate 10 cents for each bottle cap or pull tab returned to them to give our best and bravest tickets to games and other diversions which they so badly need.

Also we support the USO for all they do in taking care of not only our military around the world but also the loved ones of military families with the everyday issues they face with a Mother or Dad away from home protecting us all.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is the host of a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com.
He has also published several novels on

and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .

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