NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says it will spend an additional $100 million to develop new technology & support more medical research into the growing problem of head injuries.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the ''Play Smart. Play Safe'' initiative in an open letter Wednesday.
He writes: ''When it comes to addressing head injuries in our game, I'm not satisfied, & neither are the owners of the NFL's 32 clubs. We can & will do better.''
p>Under the initiative, $60 million will be devoted toward developing technology such as improved helmets & $40 million will be allotted for medical research.
The NFL & its partners already are spending $100 million on research & new technology. Despite that, the league has been heavily criticized in its handling of head trauma over the decades. It reached a settlement that will pay approximately $1 billion over 65 years to more than 20,000 retired players.
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