Dryer and company reiterate opposition to settlement

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Recently, a judge in Minnesota called Fred Dryer and other named plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL “children denied dessert” for objecting to a proposed settlement of a class action relating to the use of former players’ names and likenesses.  That verbal smackdown, however, hasn’t quieted Dryer and his cohorts.

Along with Elvin Bethea, Jim Marshall, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser, and Ed White, Dryer has issued a press release responding to the ruling.

They claim among other things that, contrary to the judge’s statements, the named plaintiffs did not object due to dissatisfaction with the money they would receive under the proposed settlement.

“Instead,” the press release states, “they opposed the settlement because it is unfair to the entire class and all class members — there is no assurance that even the neediest players will get one cent.”

As a result, Dryer and the others say they will continue to object to the proposed settlement.  In the end, however, that may not matter.  The judge already has disregarded their objections, and he’ll likely do so again.

6 responses to “Dryer and company reiterate opposition to settlement

  1. Dryer was the man in hunter. Other than that, I’m not qualified to comment on this issue. I will say that this generation of players, and the generation before them, made football “America’s Game” while making chump change. So I’d like to see the players of the 60’s and 70’s as a group squeeze as much out of the league as possible.

  2. It seems to me that when they wore the uniform that is no different then when he was an “Actor”, he gets residuals every time Hunter airs, he should get the same is they show his name of face for the NFL. But what do I know…..

  3. Nineoutsider, why stop with the league? The main beneficiaries of the NFL’s phenomenal growth have been the players. Dyer should sue the NFLPA and demand 10% of each players compensation. After all, as Nineoutsider says “I will say that this generation of players, and the generation before them, made football “America’s Game” while making chump change. ” The current players aren’t making “Chump Change”, so by your logic in your post, they should have as much money as possible “squeezed out” of them as well.

  4. I to would like to see the league take care of these guys. However, I don’t think these guys need millions of dollars in a settlement either. What this boils down to is that these older guys see the amount of money NFL players are making these days and think that they deserve the same type of cash in these lawsuits. These guys played in a different time, in a different NFL.

  5. If they are dissatisfied with the thought each guy would get only peanuts, why have a class action suit? Was that not their choice?I always thought that people could opt out of being part of that class and sue individually if they so chose. Most people realize that a CA lawsuit especially puts money mostly in lawyers’ pockets.

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