Critic to judge: New NCAA head-injury deal as bad as first

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Posted: Apr 17, 2015 4:42 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney says a reworked settlement with the NCAA over concussions is just as bad as the original because thousands of brain-damaged former athletes still won't get just compensation.

Jay Edelson made the arguments Friday during a court hearing in Chicago. The hearing was the first since a new settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA. The judge overseeing the case rejected the first settlement in December.

Edelson, who represents plaintiffs opposed to the new settlement, said after the hearingt the revamped agreement doesn't do enough.

The has NCAA pledged to set aside $70 million to test current and former athletes for brain trauma.

The lead attorney representing plaintiffs, Steve Berman, says the new settlement fixes multiple flaws, including forcing NCAA schools to make major concussion-protocol changes.