NCAA Reaches $70M Settlement Over Head Injuries
Organization will pay for athletes' health testing
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2014 9:50 AM CDT
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2005 file photo, South Carolina's Stanley Doughty (55) celebrates with his teammates after stopping Central Florida from scoring during an NCAA college football game in Columbia,...   (AP Photo/Perry Baker, File)

(Newser) – The NCAA has reached a deal in a lawsuit brought by former players: The organization will pay to test athletes for brain trauma on the field. Though it admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, the NCAA will establish a $70 million fund to cover the tests, the AP reports. The governing body hasn't agreed to pay injured players directly, but the diagnoses could serve as grounds for future lawsuits against the NCAA by individual players. Current and former players are eligible for the screenings. "It’s hard to create one class that includes swimmers and football players, given how different their athletic careers are," a lawyer for the plaintiffs tells the New York Times. "We felt individuals remain best off bringing individual suits."

The deal, which still requires a judge's approval, also lays out rules for dealing with possible concussions as they occur. In the past, players have been put back into games after showing signs of concussions. The new rules would bar victims from playing again the same day and require medical teams at every contact sport event, the Times reports. With the announcement of the settlement, the AP tells some of the plaintiffs' stories, with one player describing how he felt "like a 22-year-old with Alzheimer's" after injuries.

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Jul 29, 2014 5:06 PM CDT
Now that it's been scientifically been proven that head injuries lead to deadly neurological issues, do we ban football? Or do players continue to sue? I guess as long as there's someone to sue it's all good.
Jul 29, 2014 1:06 PM CDT
I look forward to the day individual head injury lawsuits shut down the NCAA football industry.
Jul 29, 2014 11:16 AM CDT
Lawyers and their stupid lawsuits are ruining America, and our business environment. Now, everyone is playing the legal lottery..........