The NFL had an initial settlement rejected by Judge Anita Brody because she believed the $765 million dollar payout would not cover the number of players with potential future claims.
So the NFL has agreed to lift the monetary cap. The decision will mean that players who fit the criteria for money under the settlement will know there will be money available to them.
“Today’s agreement reaffirms the NFL’s commitment to provide help to those retired players and their families who are in need, and to do so without the delay, expense and emotional cost associated with protracted litigation. We are eager to move forward with the process of court approval and implementation of the settlement,” said NFL Senior Vice President Anastasia Danias in a statement released by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
Conversely the plaintiffs attorneys released a statement of their own.
“(the new settlement) guarantees that these benefits will be there if needed, and does so without years of litigation that may have left many retired players without any recourse.”
The settlement will go back to the judge for approval and if she does approve it, the plaintiff attorney will present it to retired players for acceptance.
The case has been ongoing for over a year now as former players contend that the NFL did not do enough to protect the players from head injuries suffered on the field of play or on the practice field. Many maintain that the NFL knew of the issues and looked the other way to save money and continue playing players that should have likely sat. Today the NFL has concussion guidelines that all teams are required to follow and there has been talk of installing a pressure device into helmets to measure the impact of a hit.