Why Doesn’t the $1 Billion NFL Concussion Settlement Cover CTE?


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Junior Seau shot himself in the chest with a .357 Magnum in Oceanside, California on May 2, 2012. Eight months later, a team of brain specialists concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE. Those three letters have taunted the NFL ever since on-field concussions became a national talking point several years ago. Yesterday, a federal judge in Philadelphia approved a landmark settlement between the NFL and more than 5,000 of its former players—$1 billion over 65 years. The deal is effectively an insurance policy for retirees who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia. (more…)