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The Fine Print on the NCAA's Cheap Concussion Settlement

The Fine Print on the NCAA's Cheap Concussion Settlement
Photograph by Eric Gay/AP Photo

At first glance, the National Collegiate Athletic Association appears to have gotten off easy on concussions.

Just hours ago, the NCAA announced that it has agreed to provide $70 million for head-injury testing and diagnosis of current and former college athletes as part of a settlement of a series of player lawsuits. The dollar figure seems awfully small, compared to a recently augmented settlement of similar claims against the National Football League. The uncapped NFL pact could end up costing the professional league $900 million or more.