FOXSports: NFL, players reach proposed $765M settlement of concussion-related lawsuits

Aug 29, 2013

BREAKING: From the Associated Press and just released on FOX Sports:
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FOX Sports

NFL, players reach proposed $765M settlement of concussion-related lawsuits

Published August 29, 2013
Associated Press
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PHILADELPHIA – The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want 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.
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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.
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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.
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Read the rest of the story on FOX Sports – click HERE.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Keep in mind that while $765 million is a large figure, when divided by 4,500+ plaintiff, it amounts to less than $170,000 per player when averaged out. Details are still not available. And remember that these started as mass torts and not a single class action. This Settlement offer is proposing to group retired players into a class action settlement. Also worth noting: Attorneys will paid separately and above the proposed Settlement of $765 million.
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Contacted for a comment in his Pittsburgh office, Jason Luckasevic – the attorney who filed the original lawsuits – could not be reached. But this looks like an important step on the road to securing justice for retired players.
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Note also that Riddell is NOT included in this announcement and settlement offer.
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EDITOR’S UPDATE 12:00 pm PST: We’ve just uploaded an preliminary outline of the proposed Settlement Offer to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close):
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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. John Hogan
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    John Hogan

    Substantive comments are premature; but other than being shocked, I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed that we didn’t get into any discovery!

    I’m happy for guys in need who might be able to get some money without having to wait the many years that pre-trial proceedings, trials and appeals would invariably take.

    So… I wonder how long it will take the NFL to start talking about an 18-game season again?

    John Hogan
    Disability Attorney
    Retired Player Advocate

  2. Mike Davis
    August 29th, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Mike Davis Block

    Does this mean I will get my hearing back or my nerve damage in order??? I do like the aspects of the 65-year plan. But as we all know: We have been damaged, what do we get NOW?!!

    Mike Davis
    Raiders 1977 – 1987
    San Diego Chargers 1987

  3. Glenn Bujnoch
    August 29th, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Glenn Bujnoch

    So when I get to the point where I don’t even know who I am any more, I will get compensation? But until that point, I get to put up with the numbness in arms and legs that were derived from many collisions on my neck and head?

    So, no money while I’m able to use it to make my life better, just money given to me when I don’t even know what money is? I do believe and hope that players’ families who have suffered will get compensation. That’s the most important thing about this.

    Glenn Bujnoch
    Cincinnati Bengals 76 – 83
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 83 – 84

  4. RobertinSeattle
    August 29th, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    RobertinSeattle

    A lot remains to be seen at this early stage but DeadSpin has already done an infographic on the $765million dollar Settlement Offer:

    Infographic: The NFL’s Puny Concussion Settlement, Visualized

    So, will $765 million make a dent in the NFL’s coffers? Well, if the NFL keeps generating $9 billion in annual revenue for the next 20 years, which is a very conservative estimate given the growth of the league, it would bring in $180 billion by the time the concussion money was all paid out. Obviously revenue isn’t the same as profit, but the league isn’t exactly scraping by. Here’s what $180 billion looks like against $765 million, with each stack of bills representing $250 million:

    NFL puny offer

  5. Jesse Handsher
    August 29th, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Jesse Handsher

    I’m as shocked as anyone.

    The NFL doesn’t have to admit any wrongdoing which is a shame.

    Each player will get different amounts based on their severity of injuries as it pertains to brain injuries, I believe. But that raises the question of what happens to players who develop these injuries and symptoms later? Will they get a greater piece of this? Doubtful. Thus: Is it money to placate some plaintiffs now without doing anything to acknowledge the causes or to fix it for the future?

    Discovery would have been great.

    Jesse Handsher
    film producer & director
    ByWaterFilms

  6. Frederick "Rick" Hayes
    August 29th, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Rick Hayes

    I’m shocked the NFL owners don’t have to admit to any liability and aren’t required to pay “any” punitive damages at all. So they just get to hop in their scotch-filled limos and drive away smiling?

    Rick Hayes
    L.A. Rams 1974
    UW Huskies 1969-1973
    UW Huskies

  7. Joe Steed
    August 29th, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Joe Steed

    I like the infographic. Very informative!

    The settlement offer needs to be parsed and sifted and countered! The public needs to know why former NFL players do not agree with the settlement and by using such an infographic (visuals help the public and courts to understand clearly), the argument can be made for a better settlement offer. AND if there is no settlement offer to be reached, another lawsuit needs to be filed!

    The public should be informed and saturated as to the issue at hand – this will keep them focused! Because also why should the public risk their children’s brains with concussions and head injuries in football? This is the real issue and the leverage!

    THAT INFOGRAPHIC NEEDS TO BE CIRCULATED AMONG PLAYERS AND THE PUBLIC!

    Joe Steed
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1992 – 1999

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  9. George Visger
    August 30th, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    George Visger Brain Scans

    Thank God it’s over! Why, hopefully it will help many players and their families who are on the ropes! (sigh)

    But then reality sinks in: It was a total PR win for the NFL.
    $765 million = 7% of the NFL’s gross for just last year. And that’s it.

    Payable to 16,000+ over 20 years. No discovery? No admission of guilt? Business as usual for the NFL.

    Unfortunately, we’ve all grown too accustomed to getting beat over the head and being happy just for the attention.

    Just do the math, guys.

    George Visger
    San Francisco 49ers 80 & 81
    Super Bowl XVI
    Survivor of 9 NFL-Caused brain surgeries
    Benefactor of ZERO NFL Benefits
    The Visger Group
    Traumatic Brain Injury Consulting

  10. Ron Pritchard
    August 30th, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Ron Pritchard Bengals

    Crumbs from the master’s table again! This should be only the first round and not the final bell.

    Does anyone else see the timing that’s apparent here? New season, more evasion from the truth. If this is the package, then we need assurance of two things in my opinion:

    One – all players will be examined by real, world-class doctors in this brain science arena.

    Two – that when one of these great warriors dies, his family receives any compensation that is still available!

    Finally, the whole truth will set men free!

    This settlement is obviously not the whole truth and the NFL will never be free because of its inability to be transparent with the truth!

    Ron Pritchard
    Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals
    1969 – 1977