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NFL looking for settlement solution

January 15, 2014 - Lee Smith
I see that National Football League is working on a deal to pay out close to $800 million for concussion-related injuries to former players. I find this a little weird.

There have been high-profile cases of former players committing suicide or otherwise not faring well because of head injuries (or other injuries) sustained over the courses of their careers. This has prompted interest in a settlement to help care for these guys. It also has called into question the future of the NFL, given that head injuries are likely to keep occurring, perhaps making the league unsustainable financially.

The tough part, for me, is the individual responsibility involved. The men who play in the NFL love it. They choose to do it. They make millions. Surely, they can use those dollars to plan their own futures, including the possibility of disability. I guess that should be up to them, just like the decision to play.

Yes, for those players who are not paid as well as others, or whose careers are short, or shortened by injury, there may be reasons for the NFL and its players union to have health and retirement packages that are compassionate and do not leave marginal players to suffer for years to come.

But, still. It’s football. It’s violent. Who is not aware of this going into their first junior varsity practice?


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