Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbeldebuts for its 19th season tonight at 10 and one of its segments will look at the NFL’s recent concussion settlement:
Settling. When a settlement is reached in the court of law, one side typically appears to emerge victorious. In the case of the NFL’s agreement to pay thousands of former players $765 million after being accused of allegedly concealing what they knew about the long-term effects of head trauma, the consensus was that the NFL scored a major victory. Counsel for the plaintiffs, however, contend that a settlement was in the best interests of the players who are suffering the most. Still, some former players remain dismayed by the settlement, arguing that the amount players will receive from the NFL is minuscule for a league that generates nine billion dollars annually and that most will collect a very small amount of money. Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel examines whether the NFL is truly being held accountable for its role in the concussion crisis, and whether or not the players were prudent to settle. He meets with Christopher Seeger, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, and former players Dorsey Levens and Kevin Turner, all in their first national TV interview since the settlement.