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NFL Reaches Settlement In Concussion Case

Peter King first reported that the NFL reached a settlement with the 4,500 litigants involved in the concussion case.

  • The settlement will pay out $765 million in total. (Mike Garafolo)
  • $75 million goes to medical exams; $675 million to compensate ex-players; $10 million for research/education. (Albert Breer)
  • The NFL is likely to pay out $950 million – $1.05 billion when everything is said and done. (Peter King)
  • The NFL will pay out 50 percent of the settlement over the first three years and the remaining balance over the following 17 years. (Jason La Canfora)
  • The specific amount of compensation paid to players will be based upon a diagnosis. (Andrew Brandt)
  • Payments for individual players will be capped at $5 million. (Albert Breer)
  • All retired players — not just the litigants in this case — are eligible to apply for compensation if they establish neuro damage to independent doctors. (Mike Garafolo)
  • The NFL will also fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and a program of medical research. (Peter King)
  • The NFL has reportedly agreed to pay the court-approved lawyers’ fees. (Mike Garafolo)
  • The settlement stipulates there is no admittance of liability on the NFL’s behalf. (Jason La Canfora)

Statement from Judge Anita Brody:

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 uncertain litigation, and of enhancing the game of football.”

Statement from Judge Layn Phillip:

“This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football.”


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