Target: NFL CEO Roger Goodell
Goal: Demand that the NFL pay injured ex-players enough to cover their medical expenses and improve their quality of life
Football is a very popular sport, and for good reason. There is a lot to love about it. But there is a dark side, too. Many retired football players are currently dealing with the physical and mental results of playing such a brutal game. In fact, lawyers of more than 4,500 retirees finally hammered out the beginnings of a deal that would split $765 million between those 4,500 retirees. But as with any legal settlement, the details are a little tricky. While some retirees’ illnesses are impossible to deny, the effect of the game on some of the other retirees is not as apparent, and thus, those retired players might not receive the appropriate amount of money to cover their medical expenses. Because of this, not all of the retirees feel like they are getting a good deal. The settlement needs to be investigated and the NFL needs to be held accountable. If the retirees have valid complaints, they need to be paid damages immediately.
One key component to bear in mind about the settlement is that while $765 million might seem like a lot of money, the NFL rakes in over $10 billion in profits every year. Considering the brutality of the football games, the NFL could certainly afford to pay its disgruntled retirees an appropriate amount for the injuries they suffered while preforming their job.
By fighting against the retirees, the NFL shows how heartless the organization is, especially when it comes to the critical human rights issue of health. Everyone gets one body. The players who receive extensive injuries while helping the NFL make $10 billion in profits every year deserve more – much more than the heel-digging resistance they have received thus far from the NFL. The NFL needs to be held accountable. Join with us and demand that they pay damaged players what they are owed.
Dear CEO Roger Goodell,
As CEO of the NFL, you are in charge of a company that earns $10 billion a year in profits, a fact of which I am sure you are well aware. So why, if the NFL’s profits are so high, is the NFL so resistant to paying injured ex-players an appropriate settlement amount? The recent settlement of $765 million is not enough. In addition to some of the injured ex-players not receiving anything, the settlement is not big enough to cover the amount that the thousands of injured ex-players are collectively owed. Furthermore, since the NFL has such substantial profits every year, there is no reason that the NFL cannot afford to pay injured ex-players for permanently damaging their bodies during their employment.
Without the football players who are willing to risk their lives and limbs in the pursuit of delivering a great game, the NFL would be nonexistent. It is both heartless and bad policy, not to mention a critical human rights issue, to ignore that the NFL is built on the backs of players like these.
This issue might seem like it will go away as soon as the Super Bowl blows over, but I assure you, it won’t. The retirees who are injured, and the families of these retirees, will not quit fighting until an appropriate settlement is made. The NFL will look much more favorable if the NFL acts first before it is forced to act. You have the power to do this. Do the right thing. Pay the injured players a humane amount for their injuries now.
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