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NFL Lockout Or NFL Knockout: Players File Suit Over Concussions

Submitted by on July 23, 2011 – 10:11 amNo Comment
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As the NFL players comb over the fine details and print of a new proposed deal between the league and the players’ association which will hopefully bring about an end to the lockout that has plagued the majority of our summer, another issue looms in the distance. It seems that not only are current players unhappy with the league, the owners, and their disproportionate control, but retired players are fed up, as well.

These players are not so concerned with free agency, rookie salaries, and how many games they have on the calendar. Their problems stem from the times that they were carried off the field, having been put to sleep due to collisions with tank-built opponents.

A group of former NFL athletes, 75 of them to be exact, filed suit against the NFL and claim the league has covered up vital information about the health risks of concussions since the 1920s. It took the league until 2010 to admit that concussions can cause dementia and memory loss, among other issues in players’ health including some deaths. Many of the players are listing their wives as co-plaintiffs in the case as their families would be affected by these risks.

What is not yet known is the amount in damages the group is asking for from the court, or the actual damages they can prove to show merit to the case. If they can prove their case and win what is sure to be a sizable amount of cold, hard cash there may still be unforeseen changes to the NFL, even though the lockout is nearing its end.

Thus, even when the ball is back in play and the stadium seats are filled, we may still be dealing with the politics of popular sports. We’re crossing our fingers for no more rule changes.

Source: Yahoo

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