At the end of the summer, we advised you that American football (is there any other kind?) had been saved. We spoke too soon. The settlement deal has been blocked by a Philadelphia federal court and it now seems likely that the deal will fall apart. If that happens, and discovery goes forward, we imagine that discovery will focus on the issues we highlighted in our Gipper essay. This could be bad news for youth athletic leagues, educational institutions and their insurers as the big stakes NFL litigation will lay out the roadmap for all future litigation. We’ll continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
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