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The family of Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, who died in 2011 after struggling with dementia, filed a claim days before the Calif. bill took effect. (AP Photo)

Last fall, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill limiting professional athletes from receiving workers’ compensation benefits in California if they live and play predominantly outside the state. The bill was proposed to prevent out-of-state athletes from “unfairly targeting” California’s workers’ comp system. The top U.S. professional sports leagues, led by the NFL, supported the law, believing it could save them from exposure to countless claims from injured athletes.

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