The National Hockey League announced a nearly $19 million settlement with former players who had sued the league over brain injuries suffered while playing. According to the lawsuit, the league and team medical staffs kept the players in the dark over the potential harm they faced. The suit alleged the NHL of failing to protect the former players from head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or warning them of the risks involved.
Federal Judge Anita B. Brody asked the National Football League and the former players suing the league to revise portions of their settlement agreement before she would approve the deal. Judge Brody, who oversees the lawsuit filed by over 5,000 retired NFL players, requested that the parties enlarge the settlement in five areas so that more former players could receive benefits.
Soccer has been called "the world's religion", well maybe not in the United States. However, the FIFA World Cup match between the USA and Portugal was the most watched soccer game in the United Sates, ever. Around 25 million people watched the game here, in the United States alone. One thing these 25 million viewers may have noticed is that injuries in soccer are very common. It is true that many of the injuries are exaggerated with the intent to draw a free kick or a yellow card. In fact, soccer players, not the Miami Heat, are responsible for perfecting the art of flopping.
This week, attorneys for ten former National Hockey League players filed a class-action suit in federal court in Washington, D.C. against the NHL alleging that they have suffered long-term brain injuries attributable to fraud and negligence on the part of the league. This comes months after the announcement of a $765 million settlement in similar concussion litigation against the NFL.