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Hawaii-bred players to benefit from settlement with NFL

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 04:39 p.m. HST, Aug 29, 2013

More than two dozen former University of Hawaii and island-bred football players are expected to share in the $765 million settlement by the NFL of a lawsuit brought by 4,500 former players over claims surrounding the effects of head trauma.

The settlement was announced today in Philadelphia by the NFL Players Association and followed almost two months of negotiations under a court-appointed mediator.

"I think the (settlement) is a win/win for everybody," said Rich Miano, Kaiser High's football coach, who spent a decade in the NFL and has been a spokesman for the players.

Miano said the settlement "allows everybody to move forward and players that need it to get medical attention they require."

He said the number of players with Hawaii ties "is difficult to quantify at this stage but more than 90 percent of those we contacted probably signed up to participate (in the suit)."

The settlement is to be submitted for approval to U. S. District Judge Anita B. Brodyin Philadelphia. Under the agreement, the NFLPA said the NFL and NFL Properties will contribute $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for retired NFL football players, fund medical and safety research, and cover litigation expenses. Attorneys' fees, to be approved by the district court, will be paid in addition to the settlement amount.

A statement by the NFL Players Association said, "retired players will have the opportunity to participate in baseline medical exams. Players with demonstrated cognitive injury, now or in the future, will be able to obtain a monetary award. The decisions regarding who qualifies and the amount of the award will be made by independent doctors and fund administrators agreed upon by the parties, and the federal court in Philadelphia will retain ultimate oversight."

Miano said "a main goal was to have comprehensive medical care for 22,000 NFL players." He said additional benefits have been the focus on prevention and care of head trauma in the NFL, college, high school and youth leagues.

"This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football," said Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator. "Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed," Phillips said.

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Mei mei wrote:
Right on!!
on August 29,2013 | 10:37AM
mineeyes wrote:
Is that a lineman's helmet Rich holding?
on August 29,2013 | 11:19AM
mikefitz wrote:
I hope Rich opens up another bar!
on August 29,2013 | 11:22AM
juscasting wrote:
This is great news. Now all the smokers suffering from Cancer, all the drinkers suffering from liver disease are entitled to compensation also right? But I there is no risk of head injuries or long term effects while playing football?
on August 29,2013 | 12:56PM
Manoa2 wrote:
Good throught, but don't worry-- Tobacco companies settled lawsuits by smokers and others already, and now everyone knows the hazards instead of having them covered up by tobacco companies. Drinkiing-- no way you should recover from that since the hazards are well known, just don't drink or don't drink too much. You are incorrect on professional football-- there are long term risks from playing football and until recently, the NFL did little to prevent these long term effects, taking advantage of the players, many of whom did not make the money of today's stars and today's owners of NFL franchises with their earnings from tickets, advertising, and Pay TV. Now after the public disclosure of these risks and the lawsuit by the players, we know about these effects and the NFL is takiing steps to prevent them and help the players that earned so much money for the league.
on August 29,2013 | 01:25PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
If I did my math right, it comes out to 170,000 a player. That's before the attorneys' cut. Sounds like a lot, but it's not much when it comes to medical expenses.
on August 29,2013 | 01:47PM
steveoctober wrote:
Probably less than 100k each once the attorney fees, administrative costs, and research fund pools are set up.
on August 29,2013 | 06:59PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The headline is misleading as it seems to suggest that ONLY Hawaii bred players will benefit. Not true of course, however a better headline such as "NFL conclusion lawsuit settled", instead of honing in on Hawaii bred players, which suggests that the other 99% of players will not benefit.
on August 29,2013 | 02:09PM
realist3463 wrote:
Hawaii-bred? Sounds like a cattle ranch or a horse farm. Nice job SA.
on August 29,2013 | 04:46PM
jussayin wrote:
Flag football anyone?
on August 29,2013 | 10:32PM
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