The National Football League Will Settle Long-Standing Concussion Lawsuit Brought by Players
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The National Football League will settle long-standing concussion lawsuit brought by players

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The National Football Leagues agrees to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former athletes who argued that the league profited from, and hid the danger of the sport. SHOWS: 1. (FILE PHOTO) GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN (SEPTEMBER 9, 2012)(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) BLOODIED SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS OFFENSIVE TACKLE JOE STALEY CHECKS THE SCOREBOARD FROM THE BENCH AS THEY TAKE ON THE GREEN BAY PACKERS IN THE SECOND HALF DURING THEIR NFL FOOTBALL GAME IN GREEN BAY. 2. (FILE PHOTO) CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 11, 2012(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) CHICAGO BEARS QUARTERBACK JAY CUTLER (6) LIES ON THE FIELD AFTER BEING HIT LATE ON A PLAY BY THE HOUSTON TEXANS WITH HIS TEAMMATES OVER HIM DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THEIR NFL FOOTBALL GAME AT SOLDIER FIELD 3. (FILE PHOTO) EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY, AUGUST 24, 2013.(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) NEW YORK JETS QUARTERBACK MARK SANCHEZ (L) IS SACKED BY NEW YORK GIANTS MARVIN AUSTIN (R) IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THEIR NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL GAME IN EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY. 4. (FILE PHOTO) BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, AUGUST 15, 2013(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) ATLANTA FALCONS RECEIVER JULIO JONES (L) STRETCHES FOR YARDS AS HE IS TACKLED BY BALTIMORE RAVENS CORNER BACK JIMMY SMITH (R) DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THEIR NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL GAME. 5. (FILE PHOTO) PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA ON OCTOBER 26, 1997. (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) DALLAS COWBOYS QUARTERBACK TROY AIKMAN SITS ON THE BENCH AFTER SUSTAINING A MILD CONCUSSION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF NFL ACTION IN PHILADELPHIA ON OCTOBER 26. AIKMAN WAS INJURED ON A SACK BY PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WILLIAM THOMAS. 6. (FILE PHOTO) FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 12, 2006. (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) NEW YORK JETS RUNNING BACK KEVAN BARLOW (L) FIGHTS HIS WAY PAST NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS LINEBACKER JUNIOR SEAU FOR A TOUCHDOWN IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THEIR NFL FOOTBALL GAME IN FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS. 7. (FILE PHOTO) GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) ACTION SHOT OF ANNUAL GAME BETWEEN THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AND THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS 8. (FILE PHOTO) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (DECEMBER 2, 2012) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WIDE RECEIVER SIDNEY RICE (18) CATCHES A TOUCHDOWN PASS IN OVERTIME TO BEAT THE CHICAGO BEARS AS BEARS STRONG SAFETY MAJOR WRIGHT (21) APPLIES THE HIT DURING THEIR NFL FOOTBALL GAME AT SOLDIER FIELD IN CHICAGO, DECEMBER 2, 2012. 9. (FILE PHOTO) PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, (DECEMBER 28, 2008) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) PITTSBURGH STEELERS QUARTERBACK BEN ROETHLISBERGER IS SECURED TO A STRETCHER AFTER BEING INJURED DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF THEIR NFL FOOTBALL GAME AGAINST THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. ROETHLISBERGER RECEIVED A CONCUSSION WHEN HE WAS TACKLED WHILE PASSING. 10. (FILE PHOTO) LANDOVER, MARYLAND, (DECEMBER 30, 2012).(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) REFEREE WALT ANDERSON HELPS DALLAS COWBOYS QUARTERBACK TONY ROMO (9) UP AFTER A HIT BY THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. 11.(FILE PHOTO) (CHICAGO,ILLINOIS SEPTEMBER 27, 2010) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) GREEN BAY PACKERS CORNERBACK CHARLES WOODSON (L) AND CHICAGO BEARS CENTER OLIN KREUTZ BATTLE FOR A LOOSE BALL 12. (FILE PHOTO) OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA.(SEPTEMBER 14, 2012) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) A FOOTBALL HELMET'S HEALTH WARNING STICKER IS PICTURED BETWEEN A U.S. FLAG AND THE NUMBER 55, IN MEMORY OF FORMER STUDENT AND NFL PLAYER JUNIOR SEAU, AS THE OCEANSIDE PIRATES HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM PREPARES FOR THEIR FRIDAY NIGHT GAME IN OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA. 13. (FILE PHOTO) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. (JANUARY 14, 2006) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS RUNNING BACK SHAUN ALEXANDER IS HELPED OFF THE FIELD AFTER A HARD TACKLE IN THE FIRST QUARTER AGAINST THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS DURING THEIR NFC PLAYOFF GAME IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON JANUARY 14, 2006. ALEXANDER IS REPORTED TO HAVE SUFFERED A CONCUSSION ON THE PLAY. 14. (FILE PHOTO) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, (AUGUST 15, 2013) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) CHICAGO BEARS' MATT FORTE (22) BREAKS A TACKLE BY SAN DIEGO CHARGERS' KWAME GEATHERS (92) TO SCORE A TOUCHDOWN DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THEIR PRE-SEASON NFL FOOTBALL GAME IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, AUGUST 15, 2013. STORY: STORY: The NFL has agreed to pay a $765 million settlement to thousands of former athletes who accused the league of concealing the dangers of concussions, while glorifying - and profiting from - the sport's inherent violence. The majority of the pay-out - $675 million - is to be set aside for player benefits, which will depend on individual symptoms. This is being described by business experts as modest amount of money for the NFL, which observers estimate generates annually as much as $10 billion. Academic research shows repeated hits to the head may cause aggression and dementia in time, which prompted the NFL to ban the riskiest helmet-to-helmet hits. More than four-thousand five-hundred players had accused the league of covering up the risk of long-term brain damage due to multiple hits to the head.