“NFL, ex-players agree to $765M settlement in concussions suit
PHILADELPHIA — The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.
A federal judge announced the agreement Thursday after months of court-ordered mediation. It came just days before the start of the 2013 season.
More than 4,500 former athletes — some suffering from dementia, depression or Alzheimer’s that they blamed on blows to the head — had sued the league, accusing it of concealing the dangers of concussions and rushing injured players back onto the field while glorifying and profiting from the kind of bone-jarring hits that make for spectacular highlight-reel footage.
The NFL long has denied any wrongdoing and insisted that safety always has been a top priority. But the NFL said Thursday that Commissioner Roger Goodell told pro football’s lawyers to “do the right thing for the game and the men who played it.”
Above excerpt taken from: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000235494/article/settlement-reached-in-nfl-concussion-lawsuit
I know that the media has covered this, but, we have not discussed what it may mean to the fans (like us). We see the hits. We see the replays. Then we see the unfortunate player(s) leave the game. We hear later about the extent of the injury that player has suffered. What does it mean to us when a starting player is taken out of the game we love? Whether it be a star QB, or a special teams player, it does something to our view of the team. Will this do anything to change the game?
So let’s talk about what this means to you.