NFL News: League settles concussion lawsuits for $765 million

Thursday the league and over 4,500 former players, led by Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody reached an agreement to settle concussion-related lawsuits for $756 million dollars. The agreement must still be approved in court.

The settlement will go towards medical exams, research and concussion-related compensation.

As part of the deal, neither side is permitted to speak of the details of the settlement, beyond a formally agreed upon statement. This means that the league will not have to disclose any details on when it knew that concussions led to permanent health issues down the road.

The AP reports that at least ten members of the NFL Hall of Fame are included among the plaintiffs, including Tony Dorsett.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Seems like a small price for the NFL when you consider the horrible health effects for the players.

  • mgbode

    assuming this gets approved, it will be interesting to see where the concussion debate in the national media goes from here (w/o the hammer of “ignoring” former players).

  • 5KMD

    That is chump change for this league. I wonder if the matter is now closed in terms of future compensation to players who will suffer years from now but not necessairly right now.

  • JHop

    I’m sure the League purposefully put in a provision preventing the issue from being raised again, but there’s no way that holds. What about all the current players who will most likely be facing similar issues down the line? They were not part of the settlement and, even if the new research funded by the settlement fixes concussion-related issues completely, they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to benefit.

    I guarantee there’ll be more suits to come as current players come of age and their health issues become more clear.

  • Harv 21

    Weird, looks like Breer got dyslexic in his tweet with “$675M.”

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    The headline and first paragraph don’t match each other or the tweet.

  • mgbode

    there are still 5 more combinations to go

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I personally think they overpaid. $567 million seems appropriate. $576 million, max.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    and wouldn’t it only be 3 more, if we don’t re-use numbers?

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I’m guessing that new contracts hold some kind of language, and coupled with the signs they have up/what they discuss at the Rookie Symposium they’re covered.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I think it’s obvious: “Should anyone play football?/Should the government regulate football/ban football” blah blah blah blah blah.

  • mgbode

    you are correct. i was thinking in binary (3 digits = 8 combinations) and that doesn’t work out here (you have 2 combinations per slot x 3 slots). Thank you sir.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Well, you know what they say.

    There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m not bi!