NFL reaches $765 million settlement in concussion suit
It's a monumental day in the NFL, as the league navigates the future long-term health of its players and retirees. The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million to settle the lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players with dementia and other health issues, according to various sources.
The former players, who suffer from various afflictions likely related at least in part to head trauma suffered during their player days, have argued the league is responsible for repeated instances of brain damage.
The settlement will fund medical exams, compensation for concussions and a medical research program, according to reports. The plaintiffs also accused the league of concealing the risks of concussions. Some experts believed this suit could have been worth more than $1 billion if it had gone to trial, according to the Associated Press.
The NFL, by agreeing to the settlement, has avoided that fate.
The league and its players association would have to agree incorporate the settlement into the Collective Bargaining Agreement for this decision to preclude settlements from future players, according to Sports Illustrated's legal analyst.
Presiding Judge Anita Brody said a settlement has always been the best solution to this messy case.
"From the outset of this litigation, I have expressed my belief that the interests of all parties would be best served by a negotiated resolution of this case," Brody said, according to Sports Illustrated. "The settlement holds the prospect of avoiding lengthy, expensive and certain litigation, and of enhancing the game of football."