Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

A federal judge has approved a settlement to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits. The deal could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years.

The settlement approved Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia would pay about $190,000 on average per player, but up to $5 million to those with Parkinson's disease or ALS in their 30's or 40's.  

The lawsuits accuse the league of hiding what it knew about concussion risks. The NFL still denies those claims.

Attorneys say the settlement will help families get money or medical testing sooner than if the class action case went to trial. While the settlement is final, payment delays are still possible.

About 200 players opted out of the class action lawsuit to pursue individual suits against the league.

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