NFL: A settlement has been reached between the NFL and ex-players
Last Updated: 30/08/13 12:02pm
Roger Goodell: NFL commissioner agrees deal on concussion issues with former players
The National Football League has reached a tentative settlement of 765m US dollars (£493m) with former players over allegations that it did not properly warn them of the dangers of concussion.
It was also alleged that the NFL had not done all it could to help the former players whose lives had been negatively affected by concussion-related injuries.
The settlement comes days before the start of the 2013 season and follows more than two months of negotiations under a court-appointed mediator.
"This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players."
More than 4,500 former athletes have sued the NFL since 2011, claiming the long-term dangers of concussion have been hidden and that injured players have returned to action too soon.
The $765m settlement will be submitted to United States District Judge Anita B. Brody, who has been presiding over the cases in Philadelphia, for approval, which could come within a few weeks.
NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash said: "This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players.
"We thought it was critical to get more help to players and families who deserve it, rather than spend many years and millions of dollars on litigation."
Of the settlement, $675m will be set aside for compensation, with $75m to be used for medical exams and $10m for research.
Former NFL players will be eligible to seek care, screening or compensation.
The amounts they receive will be based on age, condition and years of play, with the highest pay-outs of $5m going to Alzheimer's sufferers.