Assessing the Potential Wide-Ranging Impact of the NFL’s Deflategate Win

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ake no bones about it, today’s NFL’s win in Deflategate is a landmark opinion. Not only does the opinion come from a federal appeals court, which increases the opinion’s precedential value in future cases, and from the appellate court where the NFL’s headquarters are located, which is more likely to be the venue for future cases (further increasing the precedential value), the … [Read more...]

Friday Sportslaw Mailbag: Ousting Goodell, Chiefs’ Appeal, Josh Gordon, and Splitting the Erin Andrews Verdict

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Sonny (@DK_Dynamite86) asks: Goodell needs to be stopped. Can we start an anti-Goodell movement??? Man I really dislike that guy. I think the Anti-Goodell movement has been underway for quite some time. Unfortunately for those who would like to oust him, the people that really matter – 32 NFL owners – are very supportive of the current Commish. And why wouldn’t they be? … [Read more...]

Dissecting the Deflategate Letter War Between the Patriots, NFL Lawyer Paul Clement, and Professor Robert Blecker

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his story actually began – unbeknownst to the rest of us – on January 26th when Patriots’ outside counsel, Daniel Goldberg of Morgan Lewis’ Boston office, sent a letter, labeled “Personal & Confidential”, to the NFL’s lawyer Paul Clement regarding a “matter of significant importance.” (Read the full letter starting at page 4 here). Goldberg’s letter, in a very politically … [Read more...]

This Week (3/21) in Sportslaw: NFL Annual Meetings and MMA Legal in New York?

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NFL Annual Meetings: Yesterday, the NFL annual meetings -- consisting of league employees, owners, coaches, and general managers -- kicked off in Boca Raton, Florida. While some of the League’s biggest sportslaw issues are in a holding pattern (Deflategate, Adrian Peterson appeal), legal issues will likely remain be the focus of the meetings. Expect topics to … [Read more...]

Polling the Experts: Who Will Win the Deflategate Appeal?

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We asked some of the top lawyers following the Deflategate appeal: Who do you think will win?  Here are their answers: Stephanie Stradley, Lawyer & writer for the Houston Chronicle Online. Who wins? NFL. "Judges are hard to predict, and even Jeffrey Kessler seemed surprised by the oddly fact-focused nature of the questions, and issues framed in ways that support the … [Read more...]

Preview of the Deflategate Appeal Oral Argument

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he legal saga between the NFL and Tom Brady, affectionately known as Deflategate, is gearing up for what likely will be its final show down on Thursday when both sides argue the NFL’s appeal of Judge Berman’s decision before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. During oral argument, a three-judge panel will only consider legal arguments and facts that were previously presented … [Read more...]

This Week (2/22) in Sportslaw: Erin Andrews’ Trial Begins, The NFL Combine, and Deflategate Judges.

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Each Monday The White Bronco’s “This Week in SportsLaw” previews the week to come in the sports legal world. Here is what is going on this week: Erin Andrews Trial: Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews’ civil lawsuit seeking $75M in damages from the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University begins today in Tennessee state court. The lawsuit alleges that the hotel negligently … [Read more...]

The Biggest Wildcard in Deflategate? Adrian Peterson.

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drian Peterson, in a comeback year of sorts, won the NFL rushing title and led the Minnesota Vikings to their first playoff appearance since 2012. With all of the other off the field issues swirling around the NFL right now (the Peyton Manning HGH allegations, possible relocation of a team(s) to Los Angeles), it seems like a long time since Peterson’s legal troubles were … [Read more...]

The NFL’s New Deflategate Appeal Strategy: “It’s a Trap!”

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  here is an abundance of legal strategy that lies beneath the surface of what is written in brief and argued in court. One such example of this strategy is when a party chooses to make reveal a particular argument. Depending on the results of its latest maneuver, the NFL may have just masterfully presented a key argument (at least in the NFL’s opinion) in the final … [Read more...]

This Week (12/21) in Sports Law: The Concussion Movie and the Final Deflategate Countdown

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s one of our original weekly posts running every Monday morning, “This Week in Sports Law” previews the upcoming week in sports law. The next two week will be relatively slow in the legal world with many lawyers and judges taking much of the holiday season off.  Here are some stories to keep an eye on this week: The Concussion Movie Opens on Christmas Day: he long awaited … [Read more...]