The National Football League and its teams have agreed to pay $1 billion over the next five years to pay out $1.3 billion to players who suffered concussions in 2016.
The money will be distributed to players, coaches, trainers and other staff members who suffered brain injuries from head trauma.
The NFLPA said it’s not surprised that the NFL will pay out, saying that the league has been paying out big money for brain injuries in the past.
In fact, the union has been advocating for more compensation since the beginning of the season, when NFL players, who are now eligible to collect on the $765 million collective bargaining agreement, began the process of collecting their collective bargaining rights.
In a statement, the NFLPA CEO said the $1-billion payout “will provide significant support to the players and their families as they recover from their injuries and begin rebuilding their lives.”
The league has already begun to pay some of the compensation to former players, including the $200 million to the families of Michael Sam and Brandon Marshall.
The union also wants the league to pay players who were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries for at least six months.
The $1,765 million payout is part of a plan to fund the concussion fund set up by the players’ union.
The fund will cover the medical bills for NFL players diagnosed with concussions, including $100 million for players diagnosed as having a brain injury.
It will also cover the costs of compensating NFL teams for players who return to the field after having suffered concussive head injuries.
The league also plans to cover the cost of players who suffer head trauma but return to play the following season.
The money is also expected to cover a portion of the financial losses that players, team owners and players’ representatives have incurred due to concussions and other traumatic brain injury injuries.
The NFLPA and other groups have argued that the amount of money paid to players for concussed players is far too small and that the funds should be distributed more equally.NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith said in a statement that the $975 million payment will help pay for the long-term health care needs of retired players, but added that “we also expect to see additional resources provided to all players through additional support and support programs.”
The $975-million payout is the largest such payout ever for a single player’s concussion claim.
The payout of $1 million for a concussion is more than the $900 million that was paid by the NFL and its NFL Players Association last year to players whose heads were hit by a football during a preseason game.
In 2017, the league’s concussion protocol was changed to allow a player to receive up to $2 million for each concussion, though the policy was changed only a few months after the NFL released a report stating that the number of concussions was too high and that there were no clear data on the risks and benefits of playing football.
The league’s new policy was put in place after the 2015 death of former Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who died of a concussion in December 2015.