Goodell indicated that testing concussions and head injuries on the sideline with computers or an electronic tablet could be in the NFL’s future as soon as this year. He says the new sideline assessment equipment will help prevent further traumatic brain injuries.
The NFL also plans to use replay to inform athletic trainers when to take a closer look at a player.
These new plans come on the heels on a concussion lawsuit against the NFL that is being called “tobacco-like in damages reaching billions of dollars.”
There are a total of eighty-nine lawsuits with over 2,400 former NFL players named as plaintiffs, in a consolidated “Master Complaint” that summarizes all of the players’ claims against the NFL, NFL Properties, and the NFL helmet manufacturer Riddell.
The complaints are based on allegations that the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuriesto permanent neurological problems.
In 2010, the NFL earned $9 billion in revenues. Should the Master Complaint reach trial, the NFL could be required to pay billions of dollars in damages.
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