For the National Football League, it is a headache that won’t go away.
Last autumn, the league and lawyers for players seeking financial aid to deal with disease related to head trauma reached a settlement.
Chances are that $765-million settlement will pass into oblivion before anyone sees a penny.
The court is looking at the deal with what appears to be a jaundiced eye. Then, there are the players; many of whom aren’t convinced the deal will help enough of them.
This week, seven former players, contending they suffer from the early symptoms of brain disease that isn’t covered by the deal, filed legal paperwork opposing the settlement.
Judge Anita Brody may already be leaning towards a similar conclusion. Eight months after the deal to help former players with serious cognitive disease was announced, she has yet to give preliminary approval.
At issue? The proposed settlement pays benefits only to players with serious cognitive impairment. The seve