Federal Judge Rejects $765 Million the NFL Had Agreed to Pay 20,000 Players

Judge Anita Brody asks NFL to prove it is really paying enough to injured athletes.
3:00 | 01/14/14

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Transcript for Federal Judge Rejects $765 Million the NFL Had Agreed to Pay 20,000 Players
And next, tonight, the judge versus the giant power of professional football. Today, a federal judge in effect said, show me the money. Asking the nfl to prove that they are really paying enough to the athletes who suffered brutal concussions on the field. Abc news correspondent and legal analyst, ryan smith, has our story. Reporter: In football, the hits are punishing. Like this. He took a heavy hit. Reporter: And this. Several teams over the weekend, announcing players suffered concussions. Espn sports science found can be as strong as a sledgehammer to the head. Leading to devastating consequences. But today, a federal judge stepped on to the field. Rejecting the $765 billion the nfl agreed to pay 20,000 past, present and future players, suffering from all those hits. And what's at stake? Including $5 million for those diagnosed with a.L.S. And $3.5 million for those with alzheimer's or parkinson's disease. Judge anita brody said the numbers don't add up. I'm primarily concerned that not all retired nfl football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis on their related claimants will be paid. It sounds like a lot. But in reality, it might not be enough to cover the players and their families. Not just now, but for the decades to come. Reporter: Many pundits thought this was a bad deal from the start, that the nfl was getting off too lightly. If the deal doesn't go through, the nfl could be open to thousands of lawsuits, totalling billions of dollars. This is going to be a long road. Thank you so much, ryan. Welcome to the team. Great to have you here.

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