The NFL Is Paying $765 Million To Settle A Massive Concussion Lawsuit

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  1. The Benjamin

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    The NFL is paying $765 million to settle a massive lawsuit accusing the league of being responsible for the brain damage of thousands of players, Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King has tweeted.

    The settlement agreement says the money will be used "to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and a program of medical research" for 4,500 plaintiffs. That amounts to roughly $170,000 for every player or his estate, King says.

    Former and current NFL players accused the league of concealing the risks of concussions, which led to depression, memory, and suicide, The Associated Press reports. Some experts thought their suit would have been worth as much as $1 billion of the suit had gone to a jury trial, according to AP.

    Here's what presiding Judge Anita Brody said about the settlement, according to King. "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. The settlement holds the prospect of avoiding lengthy, expensive and certain litigation, and of enhancing the game of football."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-settles-player-concussion-lawsuit-2013-8
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    Wow, that's a lot of money but honestly thought it was going to end up higher.
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    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

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    good. The truly injured get their help and the succofants that were just looking for a free lunch get nothing.
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    Bearstuff Yes, in the woods. Staff Member SuperFan

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    lol succofants
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    I thought that was someone JA drafted lol.
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    couldn't be bothered to spell check, sue me ;p
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    Goodell will have that cash in fine money - by midseason :-)
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    Also heard that 50% of the payment happens in the 1st 3yrs and the rest are paid over several years
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    No way there would be a settlement without a "non-admission clause" and a "limited liability" clause. No point settling a case out of court unless it closes the door to further litigation by the plaintiffs.
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    Its a start. Hopefully all of the recent bad press about risks of concussions has forced the NFL to take the risk more seriously. And hopefully they continue to do the right thing by investing in technology and medical research to help prevent the risk of it.

    To give an example of a sports league doing the right thing, all you have to do is look at NASCAR (yeah yeah, rednecks, driving in circles, etc etc...bear with me here, you might learn something):

    During the 80's a biomechanical engineer named Dr. Robert Hubbard developed a device called the HANS (Head And Neck Support) Device, to help prevent head trauma in violent auto crashes. But...no racing league was willing to incorporate it for their drivers, and NASCAR drivers HATED the thing. It took the death of Ayrton Senna before Formula 1 began using it, and it took a rash of deaths in NASCAR, culminating in the death of legend Dale Earnhardt, before NASCAR adopted and later required its usage. If you look at the Earnhardt crash, it does not look particularly violent, and what actually happened was his skull separated from his spine, causing instant death. Since it was a death of one of their most famous drivers, they studied the case for years, and determined a HANS device might have prevented his death, by restraining his head closer to the body. And now the device is mandatory for drivers.

    But, they didnt stop there. After a bunch of crashes involving cars flipping over (which are exceedingly dangerous) occurred, they investigated, spent millions on research, and found that when a car spins out, it creates an area of low pressure above the car, which was a risk for flipping the car. So, they came up with alterations to the cars design, including Roof Flaps that interrupted this affect, leading to very few cars flipping over anymore.

    Another improvement was the invention of the SAFER Barrier that lines most tracks now, where once they had concrete walls, now they have these barries of aluminum walls with foam support beams that absorb most of the energy of a car impact.

    These are only a few of examples of alterations and improvement NASCAR has made over the years to make the sport more safer for both fans and the Drivers, and the end result is now you can see some very violent crashes, and 9 times out of 10, the driver walks away without a scratch to race another day. The investment in safety has lead to (surprise) a safer sport. NFL could do well to learn from this, and use their massive revenue to help fund research and technology that make the sport of Football safer for the players. They have done alot over the years, but concussions are and will be the most dangerous aspect of the game, one they need to focus their intention and investment on trying to reduce and hopefully eliminate someday.
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    well, with this lawsuit being settled, the NFL has basically made sure they can never be sued over this issue ever again
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    Not that unusual... Nobody in their right minds would admit guilt while settling a lawsuit. lol

    EDIT: Oops... MPbears got there first...
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    Bearstuff Yes, in the woods. Staff Member SuperFan

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    Man, don't tell me that. I thought you did that on purpose. Much funnier that way.

    Succofants, ftw.
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    The Benjamin George Halas Staff Member

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    succofants > sycophants
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    Who do you think is going to pay this lawsuit? There goes your ticket prices. I think I got brain damage from reading all this, I believe I'm entitled to some of this cash. (Where's my tin cup?)

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