Ten Months After Concussion Settlement, NFL Has Only Paid A Few Players

It looks like the NFL may have a bigger problem than the kneeling scandal. They were supposed to pay some players for injuries but haven’t kept up their end of the agreement.

The Washington Post reports:

Ten months after NFL concussion settlement, most players haven’t seen a dime

More than 10 months since the NFL’s high-profile concussion settlement with retired players, only a small percentage of those who have made claims have received monetary awards, with many claiming the process has been flawed and others defending it as necessarily deliberate.

Before the settlement went into effect in January after more than a year’s worth of objections and delays, attorneys for the class of former players had estimated for the court that they expected 665 settlement claims to be paid out in the first year of an agreement many estimated would eventually cost the NFL more than $1 billion.

Thus far, just 140 notices of monetary awards have been issued and around $100 million has been distributed.

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“The current administrative structure of the claims process is flawed, cumbersome, and moves at a glacial pace,” attorney Thomas Girardi, who represents more than 500 former players, said in one recent court filing.

The company charged with administering the claims process submitted a progress report to the U.S. District Judge Anita Brody last week saying that more than 17,000 players and their families have registered and more than 1,400 had submitted monetary awards claims through Nov. 1.

The hits for the NFL just keep coming. Maybe they shouldn’t have alienated their fan base.


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