NFL must be celebrating! $9 Billion a year business gets off for $750 M and avoids going to trial. Mystery what they knew about concussions.
1. The NFL will settle with 4,500 former players to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
2. The NFL has denied wrongdoing but players say their problems stem from on-field concussions:
The plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. They also include Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year. Many former players with neurological conditions believe their problems stem from on-field concussions. The lawsuits accused the league of hiding known risks of concussions for decades to return players to games and protect its image.
3. In a win for the league, the deal likely means the NFL won’t have to disclose internal files about what they knew and when they knew it regarding concussion-linked brain problems, the Associated Press reports.
Lawyers had been eager to learn about the workings of the league’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, which was led for more than a decade by a rheumatologist.
4. NFL players and other athletes who received concussions have been diagnosed after their deaths with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
5. These former players include Junior Seau (below) and lead plaintiff Ray Easterling, who filed the first suit in Philadelphia in August 2011, but later committed suicide.
The judge must still approve the deal, which comes after months of court-ordered mediation.
6. Many online said the NFL got away without having to explain what they knew about concussions.
7. The news comes after a controversy over a PBS and ESPN investigative documentary called League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, which the league is not excited to see come to light.
The NFL pressured ESPN on the project and the network pulled out of the co-branded film saying it lacked editorial control and the branding wasn’t appropriate. Many have condemned the actions of ESPN.