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NFL, concussion plaintiffs announce revised settlement

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The NFL and the lead attorney for thousands of players suing the league over brain damage suffered on the field have agreed to a revised settlement that does not put a limit on the NFL’s monetary obligations, ensuring that money will be available to all retired players who qualify.

Judge Anita Brody rejected the first $765 million settlement because she was not convinced that the money would last long enough to satisfy all potential claims. Now the NFL is agreeing not to cap its contribution to the fund.

“Today’s agreement reaffirms the NFL’s commitment to provide help to those retired players and their families who are in need, and to do so without the delay, expense and emotional cost associated with protracted litigation. We are eager to move forward with the process of court approval and implementation of the settlement,” said NFL Senior Vice President Anastasia Danias in a statement released by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

The plaintiffs’ counsels released a statement saying that the new settlement “guarantees that these benefits will be there if needed, and does so without years of litigation that may have left many retired players without any recourse.”

If the court accepts the revised settlement, retired players will be notified and final approval could come this year.

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25 Responses to “NFL, concussion plaintiffs announce revised settlement”
  1. axx1 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:09 PM

    “Today’s agreement reaffirms the NFL’s commitment to provide help to those retired players and their families who are in need, and to do so without the delay, expense and emotional cost associated with protracted litigation. We are eager to move forward with the process of court approval and implementation of the settlement,” -NFL

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    ORLY? is that why you guys fought tooth and nail for years to not have to pay up a single dime?

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:12 PM

    It should not be capped, and should grow in percentage tandem with league revenues until 2020, and then disburse accordingly.

  3. redskinsurfer7 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:14 PM

    Why dont the players donate 5% of revenues and owners 10% of annual revenues, moving forward this should really help. Sadly I think the players will have to strike to get anything out of the owners

  4. therealbillybuffalo says: Jun 25, 2014 12:17 PM

    finally some fairness in the world. Good job Roger.

  5. silvercrush33 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:17 PM

    The NFL is agreeing to pay out an unlimited amount of money?

    Uhh… what?

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 25, 2014 12:20 PM

    I love the NFL… but… Futbol will overtake football in the United States in the next 20 years.

  7. unbiasednfltruth says: Jun 25, 2014 12:28 PM

    The ebb and flow of these negotiations and lawsuits are very timely. As the NFL season approaches the NFL attempts to placate more to the media attention in this matter. That way once the season starts the focus is on how important the big heart of the NFL is so the sports networks focus primarily on the replays and the scores versus the legal mumbo-jumbo.

    I am not a rah rah guy for the players mind you, they were well aware of the drugs and hits they took back in the day. They were aware of the toll they took on their bodies for the payday. No need to get anything twisted, they wanted the almighty dollar at the time and now realize that “wow if only I was playing now instead of before i’d be rich, how can I get my arthritic hand in that cookie jar again, I got it, the American way, I’ll sue”

  8. greenwhodat26 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:32 PM

    Dear Mark Cuban/doctorrustbelt,

    Futbol will NEVER overtake football in the U.S. Keep dreaming javier.

  9. eaglesw00t says: Jun 25, 2014 12:37 PM

    The NFL is agreeing to pay out an unlimited amount of money?

    Uhh… what?

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    Yeah…this. I cant believe they are agreeing to an open ended lawsuit…thats like writing a blank check.

    Im surprised by this…I wonder if they will still have separate lawsuits and plaintiffs, or if this was to satisfy everyone.

  10. lgbarn says: Jun 25, 2014 12:41 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Jun 25, 2014 12:20 PM

    I love the NFL… but… Futbol will overtake football in the United States in the next 20 years.

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    Every year someone says that. Soccer will never overtake the NFL in the USA.

  11. xbam1 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:44 PM

    uncapped is nice for the players….just don’t complain when the cost of your cable bill keeps getting higher…where do you think the NFL gets these millions from to “help” the players and their families who are “in need”…

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 25, 2014 12:44 PM

    White Americans and Black Americans will be minorities in the United States by 2045.

    Hispanic Americans and children of non-Hispanic immigrants will be signing their children up for soccer at much higher rates than American football.

    These facts don’t even touch on the brain injury issue facing American football (that will influence White American parents to sign their children up at an increased rate).

  13. DitkasHair says: Jun 25, 2014 12:45 PM

    Hey Mike, any chance the Attorney’s for the players will reduce their fee’s?

  14. baddegg says: Jun 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    Yes, but in NFL terms does “uncapped” REALLY mean “uncapped?”
    ;-)

  15. ldfontenot says: Jun 25, 2014 1:11 PM

    I want Roger Goodell to have to testify in a true court of law under oath about what he knew and when he knew it, but that’s just selfish revenge talk.

    This is a very good thing and I applaud it (but it wasn’t Roger who made this happen, it was the judge).

  16. notthetroll says: Jun 25, 2014 1:49 PM

    we welcome this development.
    -Signed Lawyers

  17. chc4 says: Jun 25, 2014 2:12 PM

    How is the NFLPA not just as culpable as the league? After all it is their stated purpose to protect its members. That’s not the NFL’s job. If the NFL knew of the long term effects of head trauma then surely the union did too. And if they didn’t then shame on them.

  18. tremoluxman says: Jun 25, 2014 2:26 PM

    Y’know, this sounds all warm and fuzzy, dunnit? But, there’s always a Big But, as with all things NFL, lawyers, and legal settlements the Devil is in the details. To wit: The NFL isn’t about to open a window with a pile of cash nearby and tell anyone with a claim to line up for their cut.
    Mark my words, they will set up some sort of bureaucracy to make injured players jump through hoops for years before they see one dime of the settlement. Just like proving job-related disability against the NFL. I can see it now; a player applies for benefits under the settlement, supplies all required medical records and documentation, and waits for a decision from The Committee. And waits. And waits. And waits.
    Then one day he get a letter that says either, 1) We’ve misplaced your records, could you please resubmit updated information? or, 2) We’re sorry, but under the rules of the settlement, we’ve determined that you do not qualify for benefits at this time. If you disagree with this decision, please submit an appeal the Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office with 30 days.
    Uh huh.

  19. justintuckrule says: Jun 25, 2014 2:36 PM

    I was a blind, knuckle dragging NFL supporter myself. Bought the jerseys, season tickets, cups, coozies, etc., etc.

    But, the soccer poster is right. Soccer is well on its way of overtaking the NFL. The NFL is an overcommercialized, watered down, FF-catering product now. Soccer is easier to follow, faster paced, and teams are more competitive. In soccer, you can still win even if you don’t have Ronaldo. However, if you don’t have a Tom Brady qb-ing your team, you might as well not watch.

    Change happens folks. It’s coming.

  20. chc4 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:08 PM

    Soccer? lol, I don’t think so. The World Cup is every 4 years and that’s the only reason people are paying attention. Once this ends it goes away until 2018.

  21. 12brichandfamous says: Jun 25, 2014 3:15 PM

    Too much is never enough. The NFL will pass these costs through to to the TV contracts and you and I will watch our cable bill go up.

    Individual viewers have no power. That’s why we need an NFLVA….NFL Viewers Association to protect us from unchecked cost increases.

  22. justintuckrule says: Jun 25, 2014 4:27 PM

    At one time, nobody ever thought football could overtake baseball either.

    If you are a true football fan, you should root for soccer to give it some competition. Maybe then, the NFL will stop taking its fans for granted and will start giving them a reasonably priced and worthwhile product instead of this overcommercialized, two hand touch, penalty filled pansy, no fun ever league.

  23. guitarfreak21 says: Jun 25, 2014 4:47 PM

    Bottom line, I don’t know the specifics, but I would hope this fund is cancelled for current and recent players. Medicine has known and made them aware of the risks of playing; the old guys didn’t really know that, which makes them deserving.

  24. rgmcdon says: Jun 25, 2014 8:22 PM

    Football head injuries are bad for you???? Next they will tell me smoking is bad for me!!

  25. footballer4ever says: Jun 26, 2014 1:14 AM

    To the Football/Futbol/Futebol/Fussball poster:

    As a football fan myself, I don’t care or worry if football overtakes eggball at all. The gradual progress the sport continues to enjoy at every level is what matters. From the Premier League shown on NBC/NBCSN, MLS gradually growing at their own pace, the U.S. National Football team enjoying the massive fan support, and the on-going European Football Clubs coming over here and filling up the big stadiums is enough for me to enjoy where we are at and it will only grow further. Don’t expect eggball fans to feel the same way, let them be with their no fun and overhyped league.

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