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After submissions are assessed, the league and players will be able to appeal the amount of an individual's lump-sum payment.
Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia approved the settlement with a 132-page opinion Wednesday after twice asking lawyers to do more work because of her concerns over whether the initial ceiling of $765 million for payments to players was too low. That figure, first announced in August 2013, was not increased,Wholesale Jerseys, but the cap was removed. So it's not known exactly how much the NFL will pay, aside from about $100 million in lawyers' fees, along with millions more for concussion education and monitoring of ex-players' health.
"The most common question we've heard from retired players has been: How quickly can we get help?" Seeger said. "As long as no appeals are filed, the settlement process will begin to roll out its benefits as soon as this summer."
"The process is one of my concerns," said 58-year-old Brent Boyd, a former offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings. "The NFL's strategy for dealing with retirees is delay, deny and hope we die."
It's been four years since lawsuits connected to concussions were first filed against the NFL, and even now that a settlement agreement finally has been approved by a federal judge, none of the hundreds of millions of dollars available to thousands of former players will be paid until any appeals are heard ? and, after that, until claims are assessed.
The awards will depend on how long a player's career was, his age, and his neurocognitive problems. Payouts could reach $1 million to $5 million for those diagnosed in their 30s and 40s with Parkinson's or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Ex-players, meanwhile, "avoid years of costly litigation that ... would have an uncertain prospect of success," in NFL general counsel Jeff Pash's words.
Last year,Wholesale NBA Jerseys, seven former players who objected to the proposed settlement ? because it wouldn't cover certain symptoms related to head trauma ? unsuccessfully brought their complaint to the 3rd U.S. Circuit*Court. One, Sean Morey, told The Associated Press no decision had been made about appealing Wednesday's order.
Former players do not need to prove problems were caused by football. They can seek funds even if they weren't among the 5,Discount Football Jerseys,000 or so who sued.
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Co-lead plaintiffs' lawyer Christopher Seeger said he has "a modest concern" about appeals.
Once the settlement becomes effective,Cheap Jerseys Store, after any appeals are exhausted, eligible players ? those who retired before July 2014 ? will have 180 days to register with court-appointed claim administrators, reserving the right to seek payment.
A finalized settlement allows the league, with annual revenues of about $10 billion, to have a sense of what this will end up costing. Team owners avoid the public spectacle of a trial. And the NFL did not admit liability.
"What matters now is time, and many retired players do not have much left," said plaintiff Kevin Turner, who has Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dozens of ex-players or their relatives rejected the settlement,Cheap World Cup Jerseys, including the family of Junior Seau, the Pro Football Hall of Famer who killed himself in 2012.

"It's a really good feeling, but it's not over yet, because of the appellate process," said Craig Mitnick, who represented more than 1,000 ex-players against the NFL. "It is more likely than not that within the next month, one of the attorneys that got involved late in the game, who represents a player or players who do not believe the settlement is fair, is going to court."
"It is an uncapped settlement, so it could be much more" than $765 million, Seeger said.
The lawsuits accused the NFL of failing to properly protect players from ? or inform them about ? the long-term risks of concussions.
"The NFL got a huge PR problem off their plate. The attorneys got a huge payday. And the retirees are back at Page 1, where we were 10 years ago," said Boyd, one of the original plaintiffs. "I'm afraid we will have to fight tooth and nail for these benefits."
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