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NFL Reaches Settlement In Concussion Lawsuits

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NFL Reaches Settlement In Concussion Lawsuits

In a move that caught many people by surprise, the NFL today reached an agreement to settle lawsuits with nearly 4800 former players and their families over brain injuries and the league’s possible role in them.  The settlement is $765 million dollars.  $675 of that will go to pay players and their families for diagnosis and treatments.  I had the pleasure of doing this story for NBC affiliates across the...

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Clear rules for the NFL

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Clear rules for the NFL

Shortly after the Boston Marathon Bombing, the NFL’s security committee voted unanimously to limit the size and types of bags allowed into NFL stadiums. The vote must have slipped under most fans’ radar, because many people showing up to preseason games are being turned away at the gates with purses and bags that don’t conform to the new rules. This development sent me across the river to East Rutherford, New Jersey, for a quick story on the new NFL bag rules for NBC News Channel. I hadn’t been to “The Meadowlands” since Syracuse played in...

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Dreams Come True

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Dreams Come True

Today I had the pleasure of introducing the world to 16 new millionaires. They call themselves the “Ocean’s 16” after the series of “Ocean’s” heist movies. The group is a bunch of coworkers from Ocean County, New Jersey, who won part of a $448 million Powerball jackpot. After taxes, they’ll all take home about $3.9 million. Not bad for a $6 investment. Many winners had touching stories. One winner’s father was the N.J. state senator who wrote the state’s lottery law. Another woman lost her home in Superstorm Sandy and will now buy a house for...

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A Love/Hate Story

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A Love/Hate Story

  It’s no secret I’m a huge Red Sox fan, so you’d think I’d take obvious glee in reporting on the 211 game suspension of New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez. But I’m ever the professional, and truth be told, I felt mostly sad. As a fan of the game, I want players to compete, win and lose on a level playing field, and with the suspensions that came out today, it’s clear some athletes will always try to gain whatever illegal advantage they can. It’s a terrible message to send to kids. A-Rod is certainly one of the more compelling...

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Boston Strong

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Boston Strong

  As I was standing in front of Boston’s Moakley Federal Courthouse, a large parking lot separating me from the entrance, I noticed a long line of uniformed police officers positioned on a small traffic island across from court. Another reporter asked, “What’s going on there?” I thought with reputed Mafia boss “Whitey” Bulger and accused Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court on the same day, perhaps this was an extra measure of security. I wandered up to the front of the courthouse, snapped a picture of the police officers, and took...

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