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Down Goes Brady: The NFL Scores a Huge Victory in Deflategate

Once again New Yorkers have dealt Tom Brady a defeat, only this time the loss wasn’t in a Super Bowl, but a courtroom. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed Roger Goodell his long-awaited victory. In a 2-1 decision, the panel reversed Judge Berman's decision that had vacated Tom Brady's suspension.

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Dennis Wideman’s Appeal Decision Could Be Worse for the NHL

Independent arbitrator James Oldham reversed Commissioner Gary Bettman’s decision and reduced Dennis Wideman’s suspension to ten games, but only after he had already served 19 games of suspension. While any reversal of the league’s disciplinary decision is nominally a win for the NHLPA and the player, the NHL could have come out much worse.

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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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