NFL 'concussions payout' doesn't solve football's problem

  • Article by: New York Times Editorial
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 7:55 AM

In a chilling prologue to the professional football season, the National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million to more than 4,500 retired players who claim long-term damage from the violent concussions that are part of the game.

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elind56Sep. 3, 13 1:48 PM

The lawsuit was never about solving football's concussion "problem". Only banning the game entirely will do that. The goal was to exploit the "problem" for profit.

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firefight41Sep. 3, 13 1:51 PM

Maybe the NFL should close their doors then there would be a problem with concussions.

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colldollcrawSep. 3, 13 2:07 PM

Good idea, lets pay millionaires for injuries they were fully aware that could happen - that's why they get paid so much. When one person bangs into another, concussions happen and I dont need any studies to teach me that. Now they want to be paid, unbelievable.

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scumbummerSep. 3, 13 2:14 PM

What are you gonna do about the big thugs that were udderly stupid before the got wanked on the head?

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alansonSep. 3, 13 2:51 PM

The NFL is just the tip of the iceberg. The professional players, after all, have access to the best medical and legal assistance - enough to presume they play with informed consent. But how about the many tens of thousands who play at the college and high school level, and below? We're going to see whole communities share the President's doubts on this subject - and drop their football programs altogether.

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jrtaftSep. 3, 13 3:26 PM

This concussion lawsuit was about was the former players, not today's players. Years ago, team doctors did not care for the player and simply sent the player back into the game after a concussion even though the Dr. knew that there would be severe ramifications in the future to the player. Basically, physicians employed by the team took advantage of a trust the players put in them for the benefit of the team without regard to the future of player. In today’s NFL (and lower levels of football), players who experience concussions are pulled from the game and run through a battery of tests and exams to ensure the injury has healed prior to reentering the game and causing further injury. I don’t appreciate the people who say this is nothing more than a “money grab”. Players are only receiving compensation for medical treatment incurred. They are NOT being given $150,000 in cash just because they claim to have headaches. This lawsuit is about paying for medical treatment former players need because team physicians lied to them and told them to “walk it off” rather than look out for their best interest.

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biffpoloSep. 3, 13 6:11 PM

Landmark in that the ruling will be transferred to suits against the NCAA, High Schools and popwarner. It is a dangerous sport, that taxpayers have carried the bill on too long. NCAA football will be gone in 10 years.

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Don9539Sep. 3, 1310:09 PM

"I don’t appreciate the people who say this is nothing more than a “money grab”." Then why were the colleges and high schools not sued as well? Shallow pockets I presume.

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firefight41Sep. 4, 13 9:04 AM

They are NOT being given $150,000 in cash just because they claim to have headaches. ************** A bottle of asprin cost about 5 bucks.

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davehougSep. 5, 1312:13 PM

Pay big bucks for telling players to "walk it off".......but didn't MOST people think concussions were recovered from in minutes, not decades??? How many were in battle that did not get the concern of today from shock / blasts to the head?? I am just saying as knowledge increases, that doesn't mean prior actions were evil. I betcha those trainers told their own sons the same thing they'd been told.

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