Here's the ESPN story on the NFL's settlement of a class-action lawsuit with players who sued the league related to concussion-related injuries. As our media, poltitics, and legal guru Jeff Stein points out, this is probably the best the 18,000 former NFL players could hope for. This make $765 million available, essentially, now--as opposed to the years that it could have taken as the NFL buried the plaintiffs in paperwork.
I know the arguments from those who think the lawsuit it frivilous. These guys chose to play. Many of them chose to play after "getting their bell rung." Many of them in the lawsuit, said they would play again if given a chance. Right. I understand.
ESPN, CBS, NBC, and Fox are paying the NFL a combined $20.4 billion just in TV rights. The NFL's 2012 revenue from TV money, sponsorships, licensing and merchandising, etc. is more than $9 billion. The NFL got off cheap in settling this suit. And, just a week before the start of the 2013 season, the league gets to make this go away. Sports Illustrated's Rick Riley says it appears the value of an NFL player's memories is about $191,000. Yeah.