A proposed settlement between the National Football League and over 4,500 former players was reached late last week. The settlement of $765 million would cover all 18,000 former NFL players. Current players are not covered.
The trial stemmed from players suffering from a variety of syndromes and diseases believed to have been caused by repeated blows to the head. They accused the league of withholding information regarding the severity and consequences of concussions. Ailments include, but are not limited to, dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions.
According to ESPN, the players had originally sought $2 billion. Many people – both those close to the case and those on the sidelines – believed the case would be dismissed and ultimately reach no settlement. While a settlement has been reached, the NFL has admitted to no wrongdoing.
Largely in search of financial compensation to deal with healthcare costs, the $765 million would go towards medical benefits and injury compensation for the retired players. Under the agreement, the NFL must also contribute $10 million of that to medical and safety research and $75 million to medical exams.
The cap would be $5 million per player under the following guidelines:
- $5 million for men with Alzheimer’s disease
- $4 million for those diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- $3 million for dementia
Unlike Alzheimer’s and dementia can, CTE is a degenerative disease which can only be diagnosed after death. It is most commonly found in athletes who participate in contact sports and suffer repeated concussions with symptoms generally taking years, even decades, to appear. Including CTE on the list means that the widows and families of players like Seau Junior and Ray Easterling – two of the original plaintiffs of the “master complaint” against the NFL who both committed suicide within the last two years – are included.
According to CBC, one rule change that will also take effect for the upcoming season prohibits players carrying the ball to use the crown of their helmet to make contact during an offensive play.
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