NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 29, 2013
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(New York: Anne Thompson) The settlement between the NFL and former football players who accused the league of concealing the long-term dangers of concussions examined; details given about the payments for medical exams and injury compensation and the funding for medical research in exchange for the NFL not having to admit liability; statement from the NFL’s Jeffrey Pash quoted. [Former players Wayne CLARK, Harry CARSON, Jamal LEWIS- comment.] The suicide deaths of former players Dave Duerson & Junior Seau, who had brain damage, mentioned. [Plaintiff with ALS Kevin TURNER – says it’s important that help is coming now.]
(Studio: Lester Holt) Live discussion held with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas about the settlement. [From Boston, COSTAS – says it’s an ongoing problem because the sport is inherently brutal; notes participation in youth football is down as information about head injuries becomes known.]