The federal judge assigned to the lawsuit between the NFL and its players union over Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has urged the sides to work toward a settlement before their scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
In a motion filed Tuesday, Judge Richard Berman wrote that “counsel and the parties are requested to engage in further good faith settlement efforts today.”
The parties will meet in a court-mandated settlement hearing in New York on Wednesday. Both Brady and commissioner Roger Goodell will be attendance, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.
On July 31, both parties filed a motion requesting that the case be resolved before the start of the NFL’s regular season.
Last month, Goodell upheld his previous decision to suspend Brady for four games for his role in the Deflategate controversy. The union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota shortly thereafter, but the case was later moved to New York, where it will be heard by Berman.
- Dan Gartland