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...]

NFL Wins Arbitration Against the Players Association, Goodell’s Discipline Authority Upheld

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ate yesterday, news broke that the NFL won a long-standing dispute between the League and the Players Association over the validity of the revised Personal Conduct Policy implemented by the NFL in 2014.  The NFLPA filed the grievance in January 2015, shortly after NFL owners voted to ratify the revised policy.  When the policy was released, the NFLPA didn't hide its … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Law Professor Robert Blecker Files Brief in Deflategate Detailing Conspiracy Theory Against the NFL

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ew York Law School Professor Robert Blecker, who has been very outspoken about the Deflategate proceedings, has filed an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) disparaging both the NFL and Tom Brady’s handling of the Deflategate legal proceedings. Blecker argues that the NFL had no evidence of “human tampering” and based all of its findings on faulty evidence that could be … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Quotes By Tom Brady’s Lawyers Antagonizing the NFL and Roger Goodell

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Throughout the Deflategate legal saga, Tom Brady’s attorneys, led by Jeffrey Kessler, have seized upon every opportunity to aggressively attack the NFL and Roger Goodell’s role as Commissioner. Monday’s appeal filing (read it here) did not disappoint. Here are the ten best quotes(in order that they appeared in the brief): Noting the NFL’s five lawsuit losing streak in … [Read more...]

This Week (12/7) in Sports Law: Deflategate: Brady Strikes Back, MLB Winter Meetings and More DFS Lawsuits

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As one of our original weekly posts running every Monday morning, “This Week in Sports Law” will briefly preview the upcoming week in sports law. Here are some stories to keep an eye on this week: Brady’s Deflategate Brief Due: As we noted in last week’s post, Brady’s Deflategate appeal brief is due Monday (12/7). Expect it to drop late in the day. We will post a copy of the … [Read more...]