Cy Smith to Testify at Congressional Hearing on NFL Disability Payments
On Tuesday, June 26, Zuckerman Spaeder partner Cy Smith will testify at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing about how the National Football League's (NFL) pension plans pay benefits to retired players who have been disabled playing professionally. Last year, Mr. Smith won the first-ever lawsuit against the pension plans for the estate of ex-Steelers great Mike Webster, who suffered brain damage as a result of multiple concussions. The victory in that case paved the way for public, media, and now legislative scrutiny of the NFL's pension plans and often insufficient disability benefits. The Webster case has also resulted in increased public and medical attention on the recurring problem of concussions in professional football and other sports.