Twitter and my in box is exploding at this very moment… The NFL and the players who have filed suit against the league have come to a settlement of $765,000,000, Judge Brody’s statement can be found HERE. This works out to about $170,000/player or estate if there were only 4,500 plaintiffs (numbers are not clearly known).
This is a good thing for the league, and for some players this is well needed cash flow. If the promise of establishing a better future with study and plans for players hold true it will be a great day. But excuse me if I’m a bit reserved on the confetti and marching bands…
The 88 plan was supposed to be the answer, then the new Head Neck & Spine Committee, then the Mackey Council within the league (headed by Sean Morey). There have been many band aids placed on this gashing wound before, perhaps just throwing money at it will clot it up?
Moreover, the fact that the NFL does not have to go through discovery in the litigation process makes those in Manhattan pop the champagne!
Doesn’t it seem a bit coincidental that this has come on the heels of the release of “The United States of Football” and the upcoming release of the Frontline (formerly co-partnered with ESPN) “League of Denial“?
Perhaps I am skeptical, fine, but who has really won in this?