Federal Judge Denies NFL Concussion Suit Approval – But Hey, Ratings Are Awesome!

01.14.14 4 years ago 21 Comments


U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody on Tuesday denied a preliminary approval of the $765 million settlement of concussion claims between the league and thousands of former players that was reached just prior to the start of the 2013 regular season. In her opinion, the judge wrote that she fails to see how, presently structured, the fund would have enough money to pay out to all the claimants for the 65 year period that fund is designed to cover.

The ruling will likely not result in a mammoth difference in the final payout, unless science can produce a smoking gun of football-CTE causality that holds up in court in the very near future, but it could very well mean the NFL will have to fork over a little more money on top of the paltry sum they got away with for decades of obscuring the truth. And any additional amount to former players is a good thing.

So what what did NFL PR flack Greg Aiello have to say about the ruling today? Mostly “LOOK ON OUR RATINGS, YE VIEWERS, AND DESPAIR!” More or less, the go-to league defense.

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