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Monday, April 25, 2016

Tom Brady Suspension Decision Vacated

Appeal from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Richard M. Berman, Judge). Following an investigation, the National Football League imposed a fourgame suspension on New England Patriots quarterback Tom  Brady.  The suspension was based on a finding that he participated  in a scheme to deflate footballs used during the 2015 American  Football Conference Championship Game to a pressure below the  permissible range.    Brady requested arbitration and League  Commissioner Roger Goodell, serving as arbitrator, entered an  award confirming the discipline.  The parties sought judicial review  and the district court vacated the award based upon its finding of  fundamental unfairness and lack of notice.    The League has  appealed.  

We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad  discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his  procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and  did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness.    Accordingly, we  REVERSE the judgment of the district court and REMAND with  instructions to confirm the award.

NFL v. Tom Brady Complete Decision

Will the entire Second Circuit review?  Will the US Supreme Court intervene?  Either en banc or Supreme Court review are very rare. 

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