NFL commissioner Roger Goodell still expects his league’s $765m concussion settlement with former players to be approved, despite a federal judge’s decision to withhold preliminary consent earlier this month. US district judge Anita Brody has requested more information after raising concerns over whether that sum of money could be sufficient to cover the roughly 20,000 retirees whose needs it is intended to meet. More than 4,500 players had been brought together in a consolidated suit against the league last year, alleging that it had willfully misled them over the long-term dangers associated with head injury. The aforementioned settlement was agreed back in August by representatives acting on the players’ behalf, and included the legal stipulation that the NFL did not acknowledge any liability, or that these injuries had been caused by football. In the days since Brody’s refusal to grant preliminary approval, there have been reports that some individual plaintiffs were not content with this settlement, with the family of the deceased former linebacker Junior Seau publically raising their objections. However, speaking at his annual pre-Super Bowl address, Goodell insisted that he still had faith that the settlement was a good one for all parties. “What the judge did was… Read full this story
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