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Teams face workers' comp threat

Claims move toward head trauma, a change that could cost NFL teams millions

Updated: August 30, 2012, 10:58 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

National Football League teams are facing a significant threat to their finances because of a legal option available to nearly every janitor, teacher and cashier in America -- workers' compensation.

Playing professional football is inherently dangerous, but the known risks do not prevent players -- and former players -- from filing workers' compensation claims against teams, courts have ruled. And while an individual compensation award might cost a team just $20,000, the changing types ...

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