NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuit for $765 Million

NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuit for $765 Million

Is it me, or does this seem like a win for the National Football League?

For the relatively low price of $765 million – just south of $24 million per owner, which works out to roughly 20% of this season’s salary cap – the NFL was able to settle their lawsuit with over 4,500 former players who argued the league knowingly conspired to conceal the long-term risks associated with concussions for decades. The settlement works out to an average of $170,000 per player.

On top of parting with a fraction of their yearly profits, from a public relations standpoint the league should be able to finally put this issue to rest, while likely avoiding the release of testimony that could have done irreparable damage to the shield’s image.

Here are some of the pertinent details via the Associated Press:

The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.

The settlement likely means the NFL won't have to disclose internal files about what it knew, when, about concussion-linked brain problems. Lawyers had been eager to learn, for instance, about the workings of the league's Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, which was led for more than a decade by a rheumatologist.

Deadspin has more specifics on how the money will be doled out:

Of the settlement, $675 million will go directly to the former players and their families, $75 million to medical exams, and the rest for research. The money will be paid in installments over 20 years, with half coming in the first three years. Because this is a consolidation and not a class action suit, not all players will receive the same amount of money—it will be distributed on a case-by-case basis.

The good news is that thousands of professional athletes who were perhaps misled and as a direct result may have done irreparable harm to their brains will receive compensation and/or medical care thanks to this settlement. The NFL putting additional money toward researching brain trauma is a plus as well, and it’s something they should continue to do voluntarily.

Can’t help but feel like maybe they got off a little easy though considering the damage that’s been alleged. It should be interesting to see how this news is received in the football community, and if the story really will be shifted to the backburner with the suit finally resolved.

>> NFL, players reach $765M concussion settlement [AP]
>> NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuit From Former Players [Deadspin]

Instant Replay: St. Bonaventure 83, St. Joe's 77

Instant Replay: St. Bonaventure 83, St. Joe's 77

BOX SCORE

For the first 11 minutes of the second half Wednesday night, St. Joe’s didn't necessarily have momentum, but it did have a chance to come back against St. Bonaventure.

The Hawks went into the break down only four and kept the deficit within five throughout the first 11 minutes of the final frame. But unfortunately for St. Joe's, a Phil Martelli ejection and the series of foul shots afterward made a rally all the more tougher in an eventual 83-77 loss to the Bonnies at Hagen Arena.

With his team trailing, 59-55, and 9:02 left in regulation, Martelli was hit with double technicals for arguing an offensive foul call on Brendan Casper. St. Bonaventure guard Matt Mobley converted all four free throws to balloon the Bonnies' lead to eight. A late surge brought the Hawks within three with less than 30 seconds left, but Mobley iced the game with five more freebies and finished with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss marked the seventh straight for injury-riddled St. Joe's (10-17, 3-12 A-10), while St. Bonaventure (17-10, 9-6 A-10) swept the season series from the Hawks.

First half
For the first six minutes of the first half, St. Joe’s looked like a prize fighter delivering a series of jabs to St. Bonaventure. An 8-0 Hawks run was jump-started by a pair of James Demery free throws. Both Demery and Nick Robinson went coast-to-coast for layups on the next two possessions after grabbing defensive rebounds. Chris Clover then found Markell Lodge on a pick-and-roll for a dunk to complete the spurt and hand St. Joe's an early 15-7 lead.

If the Hawks' uptempo offense was a series of jabs, then Mobley was a left hook that delivered knockout blows. Mobley was deadly from behind the arc, draining four of eight three-pointers. The Bonnies rallied behind his aggressive shot to come back and take the lead with eight minutes left in the half.

St. Joe’s would pull close to the lead thanks to Casper coming off the bench and scoring 11 points down the stretch.

By the numbers
 • Hawks freshman Charlie Brown shot 3 of 17 from the floor, including 0 for 9 from three, and finished with 12 points, his lowest total since Jan. 18.

•  St. Joe’s went just 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from three-point range.

•  St. Bonaventure made 28 of 33 free throws, while the Hawks connected on 18 of 27.

What’s next?
St. Joe’s travels to Saint Louis on Saturday (4:30 p.m./NBCSN), while St. Bonaventure will return home to play Duquesne on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip.