NFL and players settle concussion lawsuit

NFL and players settle concussion lawsuit
August 29, 2013, 9:30 pm
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By Nick Wilder

The NFL tentatively agreed to a landmark $765 million settlement with thousands of former players on Thursday.

More than 4,500 retired players sued the league for concealing the dangers of frequent hits to the head and benefiting from the game’s violence. The settlement would cover all 18,000 former NFL players by compensating victims, funding medical exams and financing medical research.

However, the settlement is widely regarded as a win for the league, which generates annual revenue of about $9 billion. The league also stated they were not admitting liability for these injuries and should not be blamed.

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The plaintiffs include former running back Tony Dorsett, quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year. Former Bears tight end Emery Moorehead was also a plaintiff in the NFL concussion lawsuit and shared his thoughts about the settlement on Thursday's edition of SportsTalk Live.

“I’m cautiously optimistic, you never really know what the real deal is until you get through the whole thing and look at it and have it explained. Then you have to make a decision.”