Judge denies preliminary approval of NFL concussion settlement, fears $765M may not be enough

  • Article by: MARYCLAIRE DALE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 7:09 AM

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge is slowing down the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, questioning if there's enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.

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WaterBunkerJan. 14, 14 7:29 PM

These guys knew the risks, They took the money and fame and now have their hands out. It is similar to the tobacco claims. My family forced our parents to get off cigarettes in the mid 1950's. How is it we knew the risks, but cigarette smokers didn't? The football players should find a way to distribute the $800 million and be grateful...in spite of their injuries. They knew.

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mnavariceJan. 14, 14 7:39 PM

I dont wish any of these ex players dimentia or any other brain related problems. Its sad and unfortunate. They only way to have prevented it was to not allow the NFL to exist. That said, what did they do with their money? Many of them were made more money that 99.9% of what any of us will ever see? Where did it go?

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bluedevil101Jan. 14, 14 8:39 PM

This issue is not going to go away. In watching the slo-mo replays over the weekend, there are some numbing hits going on by overbuilt athletes. When the overdeveloped muscles are on these athlete's frames...it's going to lead to massive collisions and many injuries now and down the line. I'd say the NFL better gear up for some serious payouts. As for what did these athletes do with there money? Guys like Page, Eller, Larson and Marshall all worked in the off season to supplement their NFL salaries. In 1970 the average NFL salary was 23000, in '75 it was up to 56000, in 80 it was up to 79000. By '90, 356000. This was 20-30 years ago. Money I earned 20-30 years ago is long gone. I'm sure it's the same for many of these NFL players from the past.

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bluedevil101Jan. 14, 14 8:41 PM

I would suggest the risks to NFL players in 1970 and 1980 were far fewer because of the size of the players in those days. With everyone being supersized today, the NFL needs to get ready to really pay it out down the line. Unfortunately I don't think there's any way to turn the clock back on the bodies-the money is too great and the PEDs too many.

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ollie3Jan. 14, 1410:01 PM

"These guys knew the risks, They took the money and fame and now have their hands out."---The NFL itself didnt even recognize the severity of head/brain trauma until just within the past several years, how could players who spent their whole childhoods playing the game and focusing on nothing else through high school and college have known?

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drozmeJan. 15, 1412:32 AM

These guys did NOT know the ramifications of playing a game....and the people in the know for the most part kept quiet as the brain damage....AND at the start the guys did not make but a pittance which is really gross in my opinion....We have allowed the rich to exploit the lower status for their pleasure and history shows this pattern repetitively. Hence we have had unions to protect and inform the worker to avoid and lessen injury...But it is clear that a majority of especially old timers are in the pits...So I hope the guys playing now share in their wealth bought by these old timers who worked for peanuts and keep them from early graves and homeless living and horrendous living conditions. And it is time that children/parents are made aware of the dangers with contact sports and coaches and leaders take steps to educate all involved to reduce and treat injuries to make society better as a whole. IMHO

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WaterBunkerJan. 15, 14 8:41 AM

Ollie: If you are right and no one knew the risks or could have known the risks, how can the owners be responsible? But your premise is wrong...that no one knew the risks. Pugilists disease/ dementia was understood in the 30's and 40's.

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ollie3Jan. 15, 1410:05 AM

"But your premise is wrong...that no one knew the risks."---My premise is not that nobody knew the risks...my premise is that players who for the most part started playing at a young age, focused on football more than their studies, and had little education or training for any other occupations by the time they reached adulthood, did not know the risks. As for the owners/NFL, I didn't say they didn't know the risks...I said they didn't recognize (i.e., admit publicly) that the risks existed until only very recently, which means they were not being honest with their employees.

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ollie3Jan. 15, 1410:30 AM

But let's assume that the owners did not lie to their employees...why were they open to settling, then? Out of the goodness of their hearts? Doh-kay.....at $765 million, that comes out to over $20 million per team, and yes, they are mostly billionaires, but they aren't going to just give away that much money for no reason.....and these are retired players, so it's not like the owners have to worry that they'll go on strike. The only sensible reason for the NFL to be open to this settlement is that they fear that taking the cases to court would result in far higher damages.

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