Report: Players initially wanted $2 billion from NFL

Report: Players initially wanted $2 billion from NFL
September 1, 2013, 11:45 am
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By Nick Wilder

The $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former players turned out to be less than half of the money that the players were originally looking for. ESPN reported Saturday night that former players were initially seeking $2 billion in the lawsuit. After seven weeks of negotiations, the players ended up agreeing to a much lower compensation.

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Prior to the agreement, NFL attorneys were confident that they would take the case to court. However, league attorneys were notified by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody that some portion of the case was likely to persist. It was a risk the NFL wasn't willing to take because of the possible compromising disclosures, not to mention the public relations repercussions.  

The settlement is widely regarded as a win for the NFL, and after learning what the former players were initially searching for, this report reiterates that sentiment.