NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson on push for insurance: ‘Health care is just a normal thing to have’

first_img Written by September 19, 2018 /Sports News – National NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson on push for insurance: ‘Health care is just a normal thing to have’ Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NFL great Eric Dickerson has a gold Hall of Fame jacket, a bust in Canton and the record for most rushing yards in a season, but there’s one thing he doesn’t have from the league: health insurance. Dickerson is one of a handful of Hall of Famers who said Tuesday they won’t be attending next year’s Hall of Fame ceremony if they aren’t given health insurance coverage or a cut of the league’s billion-dollar revenue.The demands were made in a letter obtained by ABC News and addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith and President of the NFL Hall of Fame C. David Baker. “People know us from our highlight reels. They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us,” the letter reads. “But on balance, it’s not. As a group we are struggling with severe health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds.” Dickerson, who is leading the effort, spoke to ABC News’ daily podcast, “Start Here,” on Tuesday about the players’ demands.“All of us feel like having health care is just a normal thing to have,” Dickerson told “Start Here.” “And I think it’s right. I think people are kind of losing the message that you know it’s all about the Hall of Fame. Well right now it’s all about the Hall of Famers because we can’t do anything because of the current CBA [collective bargaining agreement], we can’t go back in and do that. I want all players to have health care; every player that played in the National Football League.”Legends Jim Brown, Marcus Allen, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner and Deion Sanders are among the 21 Hall of Famers to sign the letter. Sarah White, the widow of Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, also attached her name to the letter. The name “Carl Ellard” appears on the list, though this was a typo, and actually referred to Hall of Famer Carl Eller.Rice and Warner have both released statements saying they have no plans to boycott the Hall of Fame ceremony, though they do support better health care for retired players.Dickerson called Rice and Warner’s inclusion a “miscommunication” in a later tweet and corrected the spelling of Eller. The players have received some criticism for demanding insurance and a share of league revenue for only members of the Hall of Fame, but Dickerson said that was simply a first step.“I want this plan to help all players, but you can’t, we can’t, go back into the CBA until 2021,” he told ABC News. “We have to start with the Hall of Famers.”NFL players from Dickerson’s era — he spent 12 seasons in the league mostly with the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts — have no health insurance at all.As for Dickerson’s push for a chunk of league revenue, the league does have a pension plan for retired players established in 1959. In 1993’s CBA, players established a 401K plan. They can begin to access money at 55 and see a 300 percent increase when they turn 65, according to Miki Yaras-Davis, the NFLPA’s senior director of benefits.“There have been significant increases in the pension with every collective bargaining agreement in the history of this sport,” Yaras-Davis told ESPN in a statement.Players from before 1993, like Dickerson, were granted $620 million in benefits, called the “Legacy Fund,” due to the 2011 CBA.But Dickerson wants more than has been allotted in the “Legacy Fund.” The letter calls the fund a “cynical public relations ploy.” The NFL generated $14 billion in revenue in 2017, according to an estimate by Bloomberg, and quoted in the letter by Dickerson. He says health insurance would cost only $4 million, and a salary taken from revenue would cost just 40 cents on every $100.“The total cost for every Hall of Famer to have health insurance is less than $4 million — less than that of a 30-second Super Bowl ad, or about 3 cents for every $100 the league generates in revenue,” the letter states. “Paying Hall of Famers an annual salary works out to about 40 cents for every $100 in annual revenue, a figure that will increase dramatically in the near future with legalized gambling.” Dickerson also said he believes the league never would’ve addressed safety, including the degenerative brain disease CTE, if it wasn’t for public outrage. The disease, caused by repetitive blows to the head, has been blamed for the deaths of former NFL stars Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau, both of whom committed suicide.“The NFL is trying to do some of the right things you know to try to help players you know with CTE,” he told “Start Here.” “But I really believe the only reason they do it is because they got caught. And I really believe that. But they’re trying. So I mean I give them that much credit.”As for the Hall of Fame boycott, Baker released a statement saying, “Many Hall of Famers have reached out to express their support of the Hall. While we enshrine Hall of Famers, our mission is to serve every player who helped build this great game. We guard the legacies and seek to serve all players and not just Hall of Famers who we serve every day.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Europa League last eight offers heavyweight field

first_imgEven as the undercard for the double-bill that belatedly ends the European club season, the Europa League last eight, which kicks off in Germany on Monday, boasts a heavyweight lineup.Both Manchester United and Inter Milan are former Champions League winners and like Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Leverkusen have all won the secondary European competition in one of its formats, while Wolves reached the final in 1972.The competition has been reformatted after the European season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and like the Champions League in Lisbon, will be decided in single knockout matches, all behind closed doors, in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen. Final on August 21 in Cologne The quarter-finals will be played on Monday and Tuesday when temperatures along the German Rhineland are forecast to reach the mid-30s Celsius.Manchester United enter the tournament in strong form. They ended the Premier League season unbeaten in 14 games to claim third place and have lost only once since football resumed in June.Their last trophy was victory in 2017.  Quarter-finalsMonday, August 10At CologneManchester United (ENG) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)At DusseldorfInter Milan (ITA) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Tuesday, August 11 At GelsenkirchenShakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Basel (SUI)At DuisburgWolverhampton Wanderers (ENG) v Sevilla (ESP) Semi-finalsSunday, August 16At Cologne Wolves/Sevilla v Man Utd/CopenhagenMonday, August 17At DuesseldorfInter/Leverkusen v Shakhtar/Basel In Monday’s quarter-final they face Copenhagen, a club playing in their first European last-eight.The winner will play Wolverhampton or Sevilla, who meet on Tuesday.Sevilla are the Europa league specialists of the event, with five victories in the competition, all since 2007. They won the competition three years in a row, 2014-2016, under the leadership of Unai Emery.  Now coached by Julen Lopetegui, the Andalusians face Wolves in Duisburg where they beat Roma in a one-off Round of 16 on Thursday. In the other half of the draw, Inter Milan arrive in strong form having finished second in Serie A after ending the season with an eight-match league unbeaten run.They will face a Bayer Leverkusen side playing just 30 kilometers from home in Dusseldorf and boasting some of the most coveted young talent in Europe in Kai Havertz, a German attacking midfielder, and Moussa Diaby, a French winger. Both are 21.The winner will face either Shakhtar Donetsk, the 2009 winners, or Basel in the semi-finals. Fixtures for the latter stages of the UEFA Europa League in Germany (kick-off times 1900 GMT): Topics :last_img read more

More solar streetlights mulled in Bacolod City

first_imgBACOLOD City – Congressman GregGasataya wants to upgrade the streetlight system at the CircumferentialRoad of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road. The solar panels charge a rechargeablebattery, which powers a fluorescent or LED lamp during the night./PN This will also ensure public safetyand alleviate the number of criminality in the metro, he said.  Solar street lights are raised lightsources which are powered by solar panels generally mounted on the lightingstructure or integrated in the pole itself.center_img Gasayata said that he alreadyrequested the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to allocate abudget for the installation of streetlights in the said area, which is about400 meters from Bangga Bata to Bangga Ruins. According to Gasataya, he suggestedthe installation of solar-powered light emitting diode (LED) streetlights atthe Circumferential Road to the DPWH as this be energy and costefficient because they are solely dependent on the heat energy given offby the sun.last_img read more

Syracuse-Duke rivalry grows after controversy, disdain at Cameron Indoor

first_img Published on February 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Michael Gbinije stood in shock underneath the basket at Cameron Indoor Stadium.He looked toward the baseline official wide-eyed and opened his mouth slightly.The Syracuse sophomore guard, who transferred from Duke before last season, had just been called for fouling Amile Jefferson on a rebound with 11:11 left in Syracuse’s 66-60 loss to Duke on Saturday.“We don’t miss you,” the Cameron Crazies to his right chanted. “We don’t miss you.”Gbinije paused for a second, but gritted his teeth and jogged back down the court. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was a jarring moment that highlighted a night sprinkled with discontent and disdain. And in between those points, the Duke student section, which tried to pack all 1,500 occupants of Krzyzewskiville into the wooden bleachers that stand behind press row, injected more intensity into the new-forming rivalry with each possession.In only two games, Syracuse-Duke has become something special. It’s proven that it could grow to be one of the greatest rivalries in college sports. While Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said the best rivalries are built on respect after the first game on Feb. 1, it’s clear this matchup has a bit more than that now.“Those people up there, they can make all the noise they want,” Boeheim said of the Crazies. “They don’t score any points.”The Crazies pumped Cameron with noise more than an hour before tipoff. As the SU players took part in their early shoot around, many were yelled at and taunted.The fans came with signs defacing everything from Boeheim to Wegmans.Gbinije, more than anyone or anything else, though, was on the receiving end of the hate.“Gbi-ni-je, still can’t play,” the Crazies shouted as Gbinije smiled through most of warm-ups, ignoring the fans.“It was louder than I expected it to be so early because of the student section,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “It felt like a packed house and it really wasn’t.”As the game wore on, the Crazies continued to rain flecks of blue paint and spittle out toward the court.But while the tone of the game may have raised the intensity on the court, and hostility off it, that’s not to say some didn’t appreciate the atmosphere.“This is how college basketball should be,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “The students should be really close to you, right on top of you. It’s just a fun place to play. “Compared to Pittsburgh and how the students are laid out, it definitely makes the game better.”In the teams’ first matchup at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 1, five rows and a large aisle separated the Syracuse student section from the court.The signs and the chants were there, but the intensity and effect on the game wasn’t the same. That environment helped build the rivalry, but the game at Cameron on Saturday changed it.“These are the games you want to play in in college,” Cooney said. “You come to college to play good games like this against good teams.”Depending on how the rest of the regular season shakes out, it’s possible there’ll be a Round III in the Atlantic Coast Conference or NCAA Tournament.With all that’s transpired in the 85 minutes of basketball Syracuse and Duke have played so far this season, it’s incredible to think about what could happen on an even bigger stage.Said Fair: “I’d like to play them again, especially in the ACC tournament or in the (national) championship. Some way to break the tie.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

State Ag Department taking comments on hemp growing rules

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the department is now taking public comments on the state’s proposed hemp production regulations.Naig says they’ve received a lot of questions already about industrial hemp.  “I think there’s been a real interest looking for additional opportunities and opportunities to diversify,”Naig says. “Hemp really probably has been the top of mine or the crop that’s been getting a lot of focus after the 2018 Farm Bill cleared the way.”The proposed administrative rules that will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp.  “We’ve been working the better part of the last year to get our program ready to launch here so folks can participate in that market in the 2020 growing season,” according to Naig.Comments on the proposes rules will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on January 22nd. It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until the U.S.D.A. approves the state plan.Naig says hemp isn’t the only crop he sees as an opportunity for ag diversification in 2020. “I’ve also seen just continued interest in local foods. Local and regional foods, food hubs, community supported agriculture — a real interest in consumers knowing more about where their food comes from,” Naig says. “So, we continue to think there’s opportunity there as well.”He says growing food for regional use has a lot things that make it attractive. “The Ag Census actually showed that the number of small farms is increasing dramatically –and it’s a good thing when you look at the opportunity to get into produce and to supply local food — you don’t need significant acres to get started. You don’t need a significant number of acres to make a living and to have a real thriving business,” Naig says.To read Iowa’s proposed hemp administrative rules, go to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website at: read more