Most Commentators View Settlement Terms As Win For NFL
Commentators and players responded to the settlement. ESPN's Andrew Brandt: "It’s a really beneficial outcome for the NFL." He added the $765M "does seem to be not exactly what the players would want," but the current and former players "faced a long and winding and almost interminable path through litigation." ESPN's Darren Rovell: "Given the revenues of the NFL and its continued growth and the TV contracts coming up, $765 million is as much as a drop in the bucket as you can imagine here" ("SportsCenter," 8/29).
Agent Leigh Steinberg penned an Op-Ed on the settlement for Forbes.com and writes the NFL is now "free to help raise awareness and fund prevention and treatment that will save millions from an injury that affects what it means to be human" (FORBES.com, 8/29).
The MMQB Twitter feed, responding to a question on how the settlement would affect the NFL going forward: "Key aspect. Negative PR would have continued." SI's Jim Trotter: "Huge HUGE win for NFL owners. Did I say huge?!" The Washington Times' Nathan Fenno: "The #NFL settlement avoids the case heading to discovery, no small issue given the unseemly emails that emerged in #NCAA litigation." NFL.com's Jeff Darlington: "Don't underestimate settlement in concussion case. Maybe this is just my opinion, but if anything could threaten NFL dominance, this was it."
Former NFLPA President Kevin Mawae, a retiree who is eligible to apply for the settlement benefits, tweeted, “NFL concussion lawsuit net outcome? Big loss for the players now and the future! Estimated NFL revenue by 2025 = $27 BILLION However, the retirees faced ticking clocks on the health of many of its class members, and legal hurdles that could have left them with little if anything." Lions RB Reggie Bush: "Glad to see the NFL Settling with retired players on the concussion case! It may not be the answer but it is steps in the right direction!"