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NFL-League says working to eliminate ‘race-based norms’ in brain injury settlement program

(Reuters) -The National Football League (NFL) said on Wednesday it was “committed to eliminating race-based norms” in its $1 billion settlement program with former players over brain injuries. In an ABC News interview set to air on Wednesday, Christopher Seeger, an attorney for former players in the landmark concussion settlement said that the compensation program discriminated against Black players by using a system known as “race-norming” in cognitive tests. Former players Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport alleged in a proposed class-action filed in federal court in August that the “race-norming” process, used to evaluate cognitive function, assumed a lower baseline cognitive functioning for Black players than white counterparts, making it more difficult to qualify for a settlement award.