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NFL's Goodell: $765 million concussion deal 'sufficient'

Friday, 17 Jan 2014 | 10:44 AM ET
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The $765 million settlement reached between the National Football League and thousands of former players remains "sufficient" enough to pay for the aftereffects of concussions, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told CNBC on Friday.

The commissioner's comments came during his first interview since a federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday handed the NFL another blow in the ongoing controversy over concussions among professional football players.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued a preliminary ruling that rejected a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims because she feared the sum was not enough to cover long-term health costs.

(Read more: Judge halts $765M NFL concussion deal as too small)

"We respect Judge Brody's decision," Goodell said on "Squawk Box." "She's made a ruling at the timethat was her words, 'at this time'and we have to convince her with the agreement that we reached with the plaintiffs, there's sufficient funding there to meet their needs. We think there is sufficient funding."

Goodell contended that both the league and the plaintiffs, the group of 4,500 former players who accused the league of downplaying concussion risks in professional football, agreed with the $765 million settlement.

—By CNBC's Jeff Morganteen. Follow him on Twitter at @jmorganteen. Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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