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NFL concussion lawsuit settlement approved
BBC ^ | July 7 2014 | BBC

Posted on 07/08/2014 7:15:38 AM PDT by PoloSec

A federal judge has approved a settlement that would see thousands of former US football players compensated for concussion-related injuries.

The ruling comes nearly two weeks after the National Football League (NFL) agreed to remove a cap on compensation for players who say the league hid the dangers of head trauma.

More than 4,500 former players had sued the league, initially reaching a $765m (£490m) settlement last August.

That deal was rejected in January.

On Monday, Judge Anita Brody granted preliminary approval to a new deal removing a $675m cap on damages.

She had previously rejected a settlement deal, doubting the capped compensation could cover 20,000 now-retired players.

"This is an extraordinary settlement for retired NFL players and their families - from those who suffer with neuro-cognitive illnesses today, to those who are currently healthy but fear they may develop symptoms decades into the future," plaintiffs' lawyers Sol Weiss and Christopher Seeger wrote in a statement. Neurological symptoms

A revised settlement agreement filed in Judge Brody's federal district court in Philadelphia on 25 June also removes a provision barring anyone who receives concussion-related damages from suing amateur football leagues.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


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1 posted on 07/08/2014 7:15:38 AM PDT by PoloSec
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Ticket prices are going to increase dramatically. It seems everybody is somehow a “victim” these days. What’s next, lawsuits and compensation for every torn ligament and sprained ankle? Where does it end?


2 posted on 07/08/2014 7:23:25 AM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: PoloSec

Bankrupt the tax exempt NFL. The league is dead to me.


3 posted on 07/08/2014 7:30:05 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Gunpowder green

It ends when reasonable people look at professional sports and realize how much time, money, and emotion they are wasting on watching tools of the globalist ruling elite play games and allowing themselves to be distracted from issues that really matter.

Starve the Beast.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 7:31:26 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: PoloSec

reparations for victim’s Ticket holders are paying for this, but non fan’s will be paying for it as well thru advertising dollars spent supporting these poor souls games.


5 posted on 07/08/2014 7:33:04 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Eccl 10:2

I think sports could be in trouble, from the standpoint of how expensive tickets to games have gotten.

Professional sports have been catering to the corporate/yuppie types for years now. There are reasons for that, in terms of skyrocketing players salaries and other costs of doing business.

But, for whatever reason, average middle class people just don’t attend as many games because they can’t afford to do so.

So, sports are in trouble, if the corporate types ever decide that season tickets and luxury suite rentals don’t fit into their corporate budgets or corporate ways of doing business anymore.

Who is going to buy those tickets at inflated prices? Who is going to rent luxury suites if corporations decided to pull out of such arrangements????


6 posted on 07/08/2014 7:35:22 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: PoloSec

Do the math:

675 mil, divided by 20,000 players = avg payout of $33,750 per player.

I’m sure that the payout will be weighted. More serious cases will get a higher payout. But it still doesn’t seem like a lot of money.

Meanwhile the game I love is turning into a non-contact passing drill complete with pink uniform accessories.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 7:45:12 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: PoloSec
Irrespective of where one sits on this issue, to me one of the big story lines is that although the NFL is out $765,000,000, when you consider the number of players involved, the money that's supposed to go to research etc., and the fact that the attorney fees and cut from this must be huge, it's doubtful that each individual player will get much over $100,000. This is the problem with all class action-type litigation.

Our legal system is really not about justice. It's an industry.

8 posted on 07/08/2014 7:50:46 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Gunpowder green

No they won’t, by the NFL’s budget this is a negligible amount of money. They haul down $9 billion a year in TV contracts alone. $600 million spread over 10 years is nothing, they’ll probably spend more than that on hospitality for the owners meetings during the same time frame.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 7:57:17 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

The players that were involved in the suit that spoke about it said the goal really wasn’t a wad of cash, it was getting the NFL to put brain damage from concussions under the game related injury umbrella which gets them access to a lot of medical treatment. The league had been avoiding that because they’d been insisting for years there were no long term side effects to concussions. The actual dollar value is meaningless, the important part is now brain damage is considered just like knee damage, covered as part of the retired player package.


10 posted on 07/08/2014 8:05:34 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: Gunpowder green

......was going in a bar in Austin a couple years or so back and bumped into Earl Campbell. Or, I should say I stopped and waited for him to step up two stairs then walk very slowly a few feet and step up two more. Admiring the guy like I do it was a painful thing to watch.

I don’t know if the alleged average cut of $33,000 odd dollars is even going to Earl but if it is it is a totally insignificant sum of money compared to what football has done to him physically.

Yes, I know it’s voluntary and I played the game and my son played the game and probably most freepers played the game. But, say what you will, the game, particularly on the collegiate and pro level causes life time severe injuries. That’s an unarguable fact and nothing is going to change that fact except “shut er down” which some think is where the game is headed. Many junior highs are already cancelling the game. Some high school will soon. Will that start the dominoes falling?


11 posted on 07/08/2014 8:14:59 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"But, for whatever reason, average middle class people just don’t attend as many games because they can’t afford to do so."

I have had NFL season tickets for just under 20 years now. Your comment above is dead, solid 100% INCORRECT. In fact, I'm always amazed (given the prices charged) how many, many lower middle class people I see at the games.

12 posted on 07/08/2014 8:20:26 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: PoloSec
I don't quite get this. Shouldn't the scope of this concern go all the way back to pee wee and Pop Warner football??

Anybody who plays football is vulnerable to head and neck injuries. The NFL just has the deep pockets.

13 posted on 07/08/2014 8:21:51 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: Eccl 10:2
"..watching tools of the globalist ruling elite..."

Class warfare?? This reads like it belongs on DU.

14 posted on 07/08/2014 8:24:58 AM PDT by pfflier
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Class warfare?? This reads like it belongs on DU.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

If you haven’t been aware of the growth of the wealth of the Liberal ultra-rich via the manipulation of Big Government at all levels, all at the expense of the predominately Conservative middle class, then you haven’t been paying attention.

Absolutely nothing DU about my comment. Zero. Try to keep up.


15 posted on 07/08/2014 8:49:01 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: safeasthebanks

Well, my experience of people I know is that they don’t attend as many games as they used to. Sounds like your experience has been different.


16 posted on 07/08/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: discostu
“The actual dollar value is meaningless, the important part is now brain damage is considered just like knee damage, covered as part of the retired player package.”

Thanks. That makes more sense. However, if the dollar amount didn't really matter, then why not put a lot more of the settlement into research or a medical fund etc.?

Interestingly, soccer has similar issues.

Personally, although baseball is dwindling in enthusiasm among kids, it's still in my view the best choice for a sport that allows you to generally stay healthy. Great perks too. Go to Florida or Arizona in the late winter for ‘spring’ training. You don't play in bad weather except for those early spring games when it's cold and the bat stings in your hands. You get to sit down in the dugout and watch for half of each game (excluding your at bats and time on the base paths). If you're a pitcher you only pitch every 3-4 days at most (unless you're a reliever). Unless you play in the World Series you're off from late September until probably February. If you can throw a knuckleball you can possibly play until you're 50 (or possibly beyond). etc. etc.

17 posted on 07/08/2014 9:08:41 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

They still want money for treatment. Research money is really a PR move, nobody really thinks the NFL throwing money at research will suddenly fix concussions, but it looks good, helps assuage parents who might think of not letting jr play football. The retired players though want post concussion depression handled the same way as their knee injuries.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 9:17:42 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: PoloSec

I was a pro football running back in my former life and have a vague recall of intense and recurring headaches. Where do I go to collect my share?


19 posted on 07/08/2014 10:11:11 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I would (somewhat) agree with you for baseball.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 12:08:19 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: discostu

I understand. I’m thinking more about research into potential changes in equipment, and changes that are in a more preventative mode. You’re right though. Clearly they aren’t going to ‘fix’ concussions.


21 posted on 07/08/2014 1:48:05 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: PoloSec

I got hit real hard in a junior high game in the early 60’s, will I be eligible for any compensation?


22 posted on 07/09/2014 12:05:34 AM PDT by longhorn too
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