August 29th, 2013
04:14 PM ET

NFL and ex-players reach deal in concussion lawsuit

The National Football League has reached a "historic" settlement with thousands of retired players who accused the league of deliberately concealing the dangers of head trauma, the case's mediator said Thursday.

The deal calls for the NFL to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research for retired NFL players and their families and litigation expenses, according to a court document filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the judge assigned to the case, which involved more than 4,500 former players.

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  1. Josh

    $765 million is an awful lot of money.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • STP

      It would seem to me that theses players knew the inherent risks of football when they decided to engage in the game. I fail to see how this is possibly the NFL's fault, but then I have common sense.

      August 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Smokers knew the inherent risks of tobacco and did it anyway. Marijuana is worse and now it's increasingly legalized. In leftist America, plaintiffs have no personal responsibility.

      August 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • STP

      The difference between the smokers of yesteryear is that the tobacco companies actively covered it up for years. Surely you know the difference between long term cause and effect and an immediate injury such as a concussion. And this isn't about politics, but I certainly hope you feel better having vented for no discernible reason. Also, please do cite the studies that confirm you marijuana contention I doubt you can. Right fright is tedious and irrelevant.

      August 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Protect your brain. It's the only one you can ever have.

    August 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Pro player comment blocked. The league should have done more, was the jist of it.

    August 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zandie

    Sounds reasonable.
    I see CNN has Bonzo on delete duty.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Private personal training Long Island

    Woah, that is a lot of money! Not sure if I agree.

    January 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |