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NFL: Players union teams with app maker to halt drunk driving

The NFL players union is taking action to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents involving its members by teaming up with smart phone transportation app maker Uber. The partnership announced Wednesday will see NFL players in 17 of the 31 cities that have teams able to use the Uber app to summon rides for themselves or family members. Drunk driving incidents involving players have made many headlines, including a crash last December in which Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was behind the wheel and teammate and friend Jerry Brown died.

NFL: League settles concussion lawsuit for $765 mn

The National Football League has reached a settlement worth $765 million in a lawsuit filed by more than 4,500 former players over concussion injuries. Under the landmark agreement -- announced Thursday, one week before the start of the 2013 NFL season -- the league and NFL Properties will contribute $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for the retired players or their families. The league will also fund medical and safety research and cover litigation expenses as part of the deal.

NFL-Player safety remains top priority for union

By Steve Ginsburg NEW ORLEANS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The National Football League (NFL) players union has a number of ongoing disputes with the league but player safety is the top priority, Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said on Thursday. Smith, head of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), cited the union's recent $100 million grant to Harvard University for a study on a range of health problems, from brain damage to heart conditions.

NFL-Congressmen criticise players union over lack of HGH test

Jan 28 (Reuters) - The reluctance of the National Football League Players Association to implement in-season testing for human growth hormone (HGH) has been criticised by key members of a congressional oversight committee. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah Cummings called for action by the players union and hinted they may call individual players before the committee.
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