NFL retired players settlement
July 10, 2014
Guests: Jeremy Roebuck, Sol Weiss, Bruce Laird
This week, a federal judge approved a preliminary settlement in the ongoing litigations between the National Football League and a consortium of 4,500 former football players who claim that the league deliberately withheld information about the long-term effects of head trauma that results from playing the game. Now, some 20,000 retired NFL players have the chance to vote on the complicated settlement, which offers a variety of coverage depending on the age of the player and the degree of injury suffered. To help us parse out the conditions of the approved settlement, we’re joined by JEREMY ROEBUCK who covers federal courts for the Philadelphia Inquirer. We’ll also hear from attorney SOL WEISS, part of the legal team who negotiated the deal with the NFL on behalf of the former players. Also joining us will be former NFL Defensive Back, BRUCE LAIRD. He’s been a long-time advocate for retired players as President and Founder of the non-profit, Fourth and Goal.
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