• NFL would pay $765 million plus legal costs.
• Individual awards would be capped at $5 million for players suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
• Individual awards would be capped at $4 million for deaths from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
• Individual awards would be capped at $3 million for players suffering from dementia.
• Money would go toward medical exams and concussion-related compensation for NFL retirees and their families, and $10 million toward medical research.
• The pact will last for 65 years, with a provision that the NFL will add to the fund if it dips below $50 million.
• Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia must approve the settlement.
Does the settlement mean the NFL hid information on long-term effects? According to former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator who oversaw settlement talks between the NFL and the thousands of former players who brought concussion-related lawsuits, no.
“The settlement means that the parties reached an agreement to put litigation behind them, get help to retired players who need it, and work proactively to support research and make the game safer.”
Phillips said a nationwide network of health care providers will be available to give the baseline exams to retired players.
The goal will be to make the exam sites convenient so that as many retirees as possible can take advantage of the potential medical benefits.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
• “This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. … We thought it was critical to get more help to players and families who deserve it rather than spend many years and millions of dollars on litigation.” – NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash
• “NFL concussion lawsuit net outcome? Big loss for the players now and the future! Estimated NFL revenue by 2025 = $27 BILLION.” – former NFL player Kevin Mawae in a tweet
• “All of the plaintiffs involved are part of our player community, and we look forward to learning more about the settlement.” – NFL Players Association
• “Concussions are part of the game. I know a lot of the old players need a lot of help, and it’s quite a settlement, from what I understand. … I think people have hid behind this too long. It’s time it’s out in the open. It’s out in the open now so we’ll see what happens.” – former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka
• “In this particular case, you’ve got a huge PR issue as well for the National Football League – and they really want to move past it.” – Stephen F. Ross, director of director the Penn State Institute for Sports Law