Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced Tuesday that the team will pay $1.8 million to the NFL for its role in the NFL’s concussion settlement, as part of a package of concessions to the league’s players union.
LURIE’S BIG TIP: NFLPA, CBA agree to settlement to reduce concussion risks in leagueArticle By Michael ZagarisPublished May 19, 2018 2:17:04The NFL’s players’ union agreed to a $3 billion settlement with the league and the union’s executive director in the wake of the March 10, 2019, mass shooting at a California high school that left 17 people dead.
The deal includes a commitment by the league to pay the entire $3,600 million settlement.
The settlement covers players who are cleared by the National Institutes of Health and the National Football League, and it does not include any players who have retired or who are under suspension.
The NFL Players Association said the settlement covers a total of $2.2 billion.
It also includes an $8 million payment to the University of Miami, a $1 million payment for the University Athletic Association, and an $80 million payment from the NFL Players Players Association to the National Basketball Players Association, the union said.
The NFLPA said in a statement that the settlement would also help improve health and safety standards in the league, as well as create more opportunities for players to earn a living in the game.
The league agreed to the settlement because it believed the NFLPA was seeking a “compromise” that would not significantly impact the league.
“The players’ settlement will not adversely affect the NFL or the NFL salary cap,” league spokesman Joe Lockhart said in an email to ESPN.
“Our goal was to work with the players to get the best possible outcome.”
The NFL has also agreed to work in good faith with the union on other ways to make a collective commitment, including providing the union with the option of holding future games on a neutral field or using a stadium-neutral field for its home games.
The league has also paid $100 million to a charity to help victims of domestic violence.
The union’s statement said it hopes to be reimbursed by the NFL by the end of the year, but it did not specify how much.
The Philadelphia Eagles are also seeking $3 million in damages.
The settlement, which is expected to be paid in full by 2020, is expected be a significant step toward a more transparent league.
Lurie, who has made it clear that he believes the NFL is in violation of its own concussion protocol, called the agreement “one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
“This is one of the most comprehensive concussions-related settlement deals I’ve seen in the history of the NFL,” Lurie said.
“It has the potential to be a game-changer.
It’s going to make our sport better.
It is going to be something that we will talk about for years to come.”