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NFL in '$765m concussion settlement'

Source BBC News@

October 2007 file photo of New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau The family of linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, joined the lawsuit

The National Football League and former players who accuse it of hiding the dangers of concussion have reached a $765m (£490m) settlement, a judge says.

The NFL would pay the sum to fund concussion-related compensation, medical exams and research.

More than 4,500 former players sued the league, alleging it concealed the risks of long-term brain damage.

Many former players with neurological conditions believe their problems stem from on-field hits to the head.

US District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia announced the proposed settlement on Thursday after months of court-ordered mediation.

The class action accused the league of hiding research that had shown the harmful effects of concussions for decades, while glorifying violence.

Helmet-to-helmet impacts are common in American football as strong, heavy and fast-moving players collide on the field of play.

Studies have found a connection between repeated concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease with symptoms including memory loss and mood swings.

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