Quote of the Day
"Hold out for what? How many of them have time to hold out? That clock is ticking on these guys lives."-- Retired NFLer D'Marco Farr, on why the former players agreed to a settlement. (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/30)
While the NFL reached a proposed settlement of $765M with the more than 4,500 retired players who sued the league over the dangers of head trauma, the league "does not have to pay" the full amount at once: "it can disburse the money over 20 years," according to a front-page piece by Ken Belson of the N.Y. TIMES. The league also "avoids a discovery process" and it "did not acknowledge any wrongdoing with how it dealt with head injuries." The settlement "still needs approval" from U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, and players also will be "given a chance to opt out of it and pursue a separate suit against the NFL" ( N.Y. TIMES, 8/30 ). ESPN.com's Lester Munson wrote with the deal, team owners "are going to be happier than the players." ...
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