While many will say that the concussion settlement was a huge win, I submit that it was a win FOR THE LEAGUE! The players involved in the lawsuit will get a share, but really, other than the guys who are in a physically or financially critical situation, will less than $100k really change most of the guys life, now or in the future?
Look at the bigger picture beyond a $$ amount. What the players lost is the ability to get complete discovery of any and all the information the league had regarding head injuries dating as far back as possible. That info has now been securely locked away tighter than Coca Cola's original recipe and won't be touched until one or more guys files an individual lawsuit...tough thing to do individually against a multi-Billion dollar corporation.
The NFL doesn't have to say anything, admit any wrong doing, or even apologize...the same league that once called players 'cattle' and themselves the 'herders' have just put the herd back into the pen.
One day my brother and I got into a fight with the neighborhood bully, and beat the heck out of him...guess what?! He stopped bullying all the kids in the neighborhood! Not until the players of the NFL are willing to take the fight to the complete end, will the owners and NFL stop bullying and buying their way out of these situations with the players.
My hope now is that the players that really do need the help get it without red tape and bureaucracy that the NFL is notorious for.