Stop Fighting NFL Retirees' Claims
On August 29, 2011, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP partner Cy Smith's article "Stop fighting NFL retirees' claims" appeared on ESPN.com. In his column, Mr. Smith argues that the NFL should make changes to its pension plan to ensure that retired players who suffered head injuries receive the appropriate benefits.
Mr. Smith has represented a number of retired NFL players who were shortchanged by the league’s pension plan. This work began in 2005 when Mr. Smith helped the family of the late Pittsburgh Steelers great Mike Webster win a multimillion-dollar judgment in retroactive benefits and other relief from the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan. The case was the first-ever win against the NFL pension plans, and paved the way for public, media, and federal legislative scrutiny of the benefits available to retired players. Mr. Smith testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and has appeared on HBO and ESPN to discuss the NFL’s pension plan.