NFL agrees to release actuarial report for concussion settlement

NFL logo on goal post padding before a preseason game between the Lions and the Browns on Aug. 9.
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The NFL has agreed to release an actuarial report that assessed the financial sufficiency of the league’s proposed concussion settlement with retired players, according to multiple court filings Tuesday.

Tregg Duerson, son of the late Dave Duerson, filed a motion this year seeking access to the information. A group of 24 retired NFL players asked for similar information, along with Bloomberg and ESPN.

The report was submitted to Perry Golkin, the special master appointed by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, Feb. 10, with supplemental information added two weeks later.


In June, the NFL agreed to remove the $675-million cap on compensatory awards to qualifying former players. That paved the way for Brody to grant preliminary approval in July.

Since the settlement is now uncapped, the NFL maintained in Tuesday’s filings, the actuarial report is no longer an issue.

“Nonetheless, the NFL parties agree to produce the materials subject to court approval,” the filings said.

In a separate filing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs, Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss, noted they did not oppose the report’s release.

A fairness hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Philadelphia in front of Brody to examine the proposed settlement. The NFL said in Tuesday’s filings it doesn’t believe the actuarial report will have “any bearing” on the hearing.

Retired players have until Oct. 14 to opt-out of the proposed settlement or object.

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