22 Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013

Aaron Hernandez, Manti Te'o and more of the year's most troubling sports stories

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The NFL's Concussion Issues
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17. The NFL's Concussion Issues

After moving at a glacial pace in response to the growing evidence that thousands of football players are suffering from the long-lasting, debilitating effects of concussions, the NFL settled a lawsuit brought by 4,500 former players to the tune of $765 million. While that may sound like a good deal, it comes out to about $170,000 per plaintiff, and the families of any player who died before 2006 – including several who committed suicide or lost their lives to degenerative brain diseases – were not eligible to collect. The payouts will also be done over the course of the next 20 years, during which time the NFL is expected to generate $180 billion in revenue.               

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