Too Little: NFL's $765M Concussion Deal Scrapped
She worries it's too little to cover 20K players
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 12:23 PM CST
In this April 9, 2013, file photo, former NFL player Kevin Turner, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, speaks.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – A federal judge today rejected a $765 million settlement between the NFL and players who suffered concussions, but maybe not for the reason one might think: US District Judge Anita Brody scrapped the deal on the grounds that the funds wouldn't be sufficient to cover nearly 20,000 players over the course of some 65 years. She's asking both sides for more financial details; of particular concern are retired players who haven't yet been diagnosed. Under the deal, as per the AP, players with Lou Gehrig's disease would be awarded $5 million; deaths resulting from brain trauma would get $4 million; and dementia cases $3 million.

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Jan 14, 2014 1:25 PM CST
i wish i could find the really good article i read a few months ago claiming this will be the "start of the end" for football "as we know it". it wasn't avdocating that football will be killed off, just that it'll have to go through some significant changes if it hopes to survive