In the past I was asked for a prediction and said I thought STL would win big at trial and then face a long and grueling appeal process that tried to claw back as much of the winnings as possible.
The settlement cut that short.
When the lawsuit first started, I thought getting back the $18 million spent on the attempt to keep the team that turned out to be rigged would be a win.
And if the NFL had cut a check for that amount then, I bet none of this would have ever happened.
As things got going, and it became clear just how strong of a case Team STL had put together, and just how bad the NFL lawyers were at derailing the January trial, I had $500 million circled as an number that would be hard to pass up. The settlement got more than that even after legal fees are taken out. So, I have a hard time complaining at all if I'm being realistic.
Some people have never been realistic, and they unfortunately skewed public opinion, I think.