NFL agrees to $765 million concussion settlement, benefits former UH players

Published  12:35 PM HST Aug 30, 2013
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HONOLULU -

As the football season gets underway, some big news in the National Football League after a lawsuit was filed by former players some of them from UH.

After two months of negotiations the NFL and more than 4,500 former players reached a $765 million tentative agreement.

Players accused the league of concealing the dangers of concussions and profiting from the sport's bone-crushing hits.

Rich Miano played at UH and in the NFL and believes a settlement is a win-win for both sides.

"This is going to bring a lot of attention to this issue," said Rich Miano, a former UH and professional football player. "It's different now as a Dad and coach. This is what it does, it brings attention to the issue and it's going to make the game safer."

The NFL, which admits no wrong doing, will spend the money to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for retired players.

The money will also go toward funding medical and safety research and covering litigation expenses.

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