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Roger Goodell has more work to do for the NFL as a judge rejected a $769 million original agreement between the NFL and retired players for a concussion settlement. Remember, this deal is supposed to cover 20,000 retired players. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody asked for more financial analysis from the parties, a week after players' lawyers filed a detailed payout plan.
"I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their [families] ... will be paid."
The proposed settlement was originally designed to last at least 65 years. The awards would vary based on an ex-player's age and diagnosis. A younger retiree with Lou Gehrig's disease would get $5 million, those with serious dementia cases would get $3 million, and an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.