Tag Archives: Deflategate

Judge Berman Declines Fan’s Request to Sign “Deflategate” Sports Illustrated Cover

In an docketed email Monday, Judge Berman politely declined a fan’s request to autograph a Sports Illustrated cover (likely the one below) over the “Deflategate” case (see our coverage here). Judge Berman pointed out that “while I was privileged to preside over this very interesting case, remember that I did so as the randomly selected district … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Sides With NFL in DeflateGate Appeal

In a decision today, the Second Circuit, by a 2-1 vote, reversed Judge Berman’s ruling in the DeflateGate case, effectively reinstating Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in deflating footballs used during the 2015 AFC Championship Game. Tom Brady and the NFL Player’s Association focused their appeal on the fact that, based on the … Continue Reading

NFL DeflateGate Reply: Policy of “Fines” for Equipment Violations Is Not Applicable to Footballs and Doesn’t Foreclose Suspensions

The NFL filed its reply brief in the DeflateGate appeal yesterday.  As we previously reported, Tom Brady’s opposition brief focused on the fact that the NFL’s written policies for players state that first-time equipment violations will result in fines, which, he argued, would give no notice that a suspension was possible.  The NFL’s reply brief counters … Continue Reading

Tom Brady’s Deflategate Appeal Brief Focuses on Bargained-For Policy that First-Time Equipment Violations Would Result Only in Fines

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Player’s Association filed their appeal brief yesterday with the Second Circuit, responding to the initial brief filed by the NFL.  The brief from Brady and the Player’s Association argues that there was a bargained-for policy for first-time equipment violations to result only in fines, and that Judge Berman … Continue Reading

NFL to Second Circuit: Deflategate “Should Not Have Been A Close Case”

The NFL yesterday filed its opening brief in the “Deflategate” appeal.  The introduction claims that Judge Berman did not give Commissioner Goodell appropriate deference when he reversed Tom Brady’s four-game suspension: [T]his should not have been a close case. The Commissioner exercised the precise authority that the CBA grants him when considering allegations of conduct detrimental to … Continue Reading
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