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What’s Behind the Referral of Johnny Manziel’s Case to the Grand Jury and What Action Will the NFL Take?

Johnny Manziel has always had a penchant for attracting controversy. But this time around, he’s bound to receive the type of punishment that he’s been able to elude since his days at Texas A&M. Or is he?

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Previewing the Deflategate Appeal Oral Arguments

Oral arguments in the Deflategate appeal take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Here’s a quick primer to get you caught up on where the case stands, what’s new with the appeal, and what to expect from oral arguments.

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Can the ACC Suspend Duke’s Grayson Allen for Tripping Opponents?

Last night, Duke’s Grayson Allen appeared to intentionally trip an opponent for the second time in less than 3 weeks. Can the ACC suspend him? Will they?

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The NHL’s Somewhat Principled But Flawed Suspension of Dennis Wideman

Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames was suspended for 20 games after what looked like a brutal hit on linesman Don Henderson, but only after taking one himself. The NHLPA is set to appeal on his behalf, an appeal that comes down to whether or not a concussed Wideman met the tenets of Rule 40.2 regarding physical abuse of officials.

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Deflategate Update: Where the Case Stands on Appeal

Since Judge Berman exonerated Tom Brady in September, the Patriots have done much to put Deflategate behind them, charging out to an AFC-best 11-2 record. But the case is far from over and the stakes in the appeal are just as high. Let’s take a look at where the case stands on appeal.

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Could Greg Hardy Have Reduced His Suspension Further? Yeah, Probably…

Soon after Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady’s suspension on September 3, there were some rumblings that, in light of the decision, Hardy intended to discuss with the NFLPA the possibility of appealing the arbitrator’s decision to reduce his suspension from ten games to four. Many believed that the Deflategate decision could improve Hardy’s chances to have his suspension further reduced, or even wiped out altogether. Nevertheless, Hardy announced on Septemeber 10 that he would not appeal to the courts for further review of his suspension.

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Sports Law Links

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to. This week’s edition features another Deflategate omnibus, the NHL broadcast settlement, and a host of NCAA issues.

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Deflated Discipline: Breaking Down Tom Brady’s Win and What It Means

On September 3, 2015, Judge Richard Berman vacated Tom Brady’s suspension from the NFL for his “awareness” or other involvement in Deflategate.[1] Berman’s decision is significant not just for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but for all NFL players and teams because it provides a clear-eyed look at the NFL’s disciplinary process.

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The Final Countdown: What to Expect from Brady’s Last Hearing

The end of Tom Brady’s case before Judge Berman is rapidly approaching. That does not mean his case will be over, just that Berman will play less of a central role in it very soon. Barring any unexpected last-minute settlement, both the NFL and NFLPA will be back in Berman’s courtroom on Monday, August 31, 2015, for a final hearing on the case and discussions with Berman. Both Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will be there, as ordered by the judge. So what should we be expecting at this last court appearance?

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While the NFL Litigates, the MLB and MLBPA Avoids Conflict (Again) and Announces Joint Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse

Unless you have locked yourself in a bunker for all of 2015, you are at least “generally aware” of the basics of the Deflategate saga between Tom Brady and the NFL. While the NFL and NLFPA have been butting heads and spending millions (twelve lawyers appeared at a recent Deflategate federal court hearing) in this litigation and others, the MLB and MLBPA have again been quietly working behind closed doors avoiding potential problems and this week announced a joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

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