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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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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 the New Jersey sports betting decision, MLB’s new domestic violence disciplinary policy, and the latest on Tom Brady’s case before Judge Berman.

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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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Tom Brady’s Winning Argument

On Wednesday, August 19, the attorneys for the NFL and NFLPA were back in court in New York before Judge Richard Berman for oral arguments. Now that the transcript of the hearing is out we have a better sense of how the arguments went and what Judge Berman is thinking.

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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 focuses on the NLRB’s Northwestern unionization decision, the latest on Tom Brady’s case, and recent legal discussions in sports gambling.

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Even If Brady Wins In Manhattan Federal Court, the Final Outcome Is Still Uncertain

Attorneys for the NFLPA and the NFL were back in federal court on Wednesday for oral arguments regarding the propriety of Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Even if Brady ‘wins’ it is not certain that he would play week 1. The uncertainty is entirely dependent on why Judge Berman vacates the arbitration award and more importantly, how he crafts his order to the parties. Remember, there is what should happen and then there is what will happen. With the NFL and the egos involved there is no telling what will happen.

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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 focuses on Deflategate again, but high school sports, DirecTV's Sunday Ticket, and the NCAA also make appearances.

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Deflategate Legal Filings

Thanks to the honorable Richard M. Berman's decision to unseal the filings in the DeflateGate legal saga we have a wealth of information regarding the NFL's policies and it's relationship with the Player's Association. For sports law nerds the controversy has been like Christmas morning wrapped in opening day and stuffed with Selection Sunday - a dream come true. Below is a listing of the most significant documents and legal filings obtained so far.

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