Judge rejects NFL concussion settlement, says $765 million won’t cover all retired players

goodellThe NFL thought they had a big win a couple of months ago when they secured a $765 million concussion settlement. But on Tuesday, a federal judge threw out the settlement citing concerns that $765 million will not be enough to cover all 20,000 retired players.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody expressed concerns that “not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) … will be paid.”

As for the payouts to retired players, here’s how the money would be divvyed out:

The awards would vary based on an ex-player’s age and diagnosis. A younger retiree with Lou Gehrig’s disease would get $5 million, those with serious dementia cases would get $3 million and an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.

This seems to be a win for the players, but you can never count out the NFL when it comes to these types of things.

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