Concussion lawsuit settlement a win for the NFL

Thursday August 29th, 2013
The concussion settlement, including plaintiffs' legal fees, may cost NFL owners almost $1 billion total.
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So why'd the players take it? Simple: They knew how expert the NFL is in dragging out lawsuits. It could have been years before a settlement or verdict was reached, and in that time, many of the players who filed the lawsuit would be dead. Earlier this year, a former NFL fullback, Kevin Turner, who is afflicted with ALS, said he didn't have that long to wait.

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