- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The NCAA is hailing a settlement in a class-action concussions suit that creates a $70 million fund to diagnose current and former college athletes for possible brain injuries.

The sides announced a deal Tuesday in a filing in federal court in Chicago. They’d been negotiating for nearly a year.

The NCAA’s chief medical officer, Brian Hainline, calls the settlement provisions “proactive measures” that “will ensure student-athletes have access to high quality medical care.”

The Indianapolis-based NCAA also agrees to implement a single, return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who receive head blows.

The agreement stops short of setting aside a fixed amount of money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. But it leaves open the possibility that individual athletes can sue the NCAA for damages.

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