A week from now we'll be talking about the action on the NFL gridiron, but right now, the talk is about the league and ex-players reaching a settlement on a concussion lawsuit. Here to talk about that is our Legal Eagle, Paul DerOhannesian.
UNITED STATES -- NFL football will be hot topic of conversation for many people this time next week, but right now, the talk is about the league settling an off-field issue.
The NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a suit brought by roughly 4,500 ex-players. The money will cover 18,000 former players.
Under terms of the settlement, the league won't have to disclose what it knew and when about concussion-related brain issues.
The issue of player safety continues to be front and center after the possible career-ending injury suffered by Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb. While the suit doesn't cover current players, our legal analyst says the consequences could be far-reaching.
"The other consequence is going to be other levels of football, like the NCAA, which affects many more people. There's a lawsuit right now by certain individuals. It's not a class action, that may develop into a class action, it may encourage that type of lawsuit," said legal analyst Paul DerOhanessian.
DerOhanessian says the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League could also be affected down the road.