Judge rejects $760 million NFL injury settlement with former players

BY Margaret Myers  January 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM EDT
NFL concussions settlement

A federal judge rejected a settlement between the NFL and former players saying that the $760 million amount may not be enough to cover all retired players who may become ill due to head injuries suffered while playing. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday has rejected the $760 million settlement between the NFL and its former players, noting that the sum may not be enough to cover all injured players.

The original amount, announced in August, was supposed to compensate retired players for concussion-related brain injuries that resulted from their years in the game.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody noted that the plan, designed to cover nearly 20,000 men, would not be sufficient. “I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis, or their related claimants, will be paid,” Brody wrote in papers filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

Brody has asked for more financial information from the parties.

In 2012, more than 4,500 former players sued the NFL, alleging it hid information linking head trauma to an array of neurological diseases, including dementia and a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Last week, the NFL filed the details of the multi-million dollar agreement. On Thursday PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan spoke with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca to explore whether this amount is sufficient. Pesca said that some players are unhappy with the amount, noting that the NFL is a $10 billion industry. Still other players are unsatisfied that, per the agreement, the NFL will not have to disclose internal files about what it knew, and when, about concussion-linked brain problems.

You can watch Sreenivasan and Pesca’s discussion below: