Despite urging from a judge to settle before Wednesday’s hearing, the NFL, NFL Players Association and Tom Brady are not expected to reach a last-minute settlement, reports SportsBusiness Journal’s Daniel Kaplan.
Earlier Tuesday, the Associated Press reported Judge Richard Berman ordered all sides to have “further good faith settlement efforts” before Wednesday’s hearing, the first meeting since the Deflategate controversy reached federal court. Kaplan’s report Tuesday evening said there was “no chance” of a settlement before the hearing.
The NFL and NFLPA filed legal briefs to Berman last week regarding their litigation over the legality of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his involvement in the New England Patriots’s alleged deflation of footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The league is asking Berman to agree on the legality of Brady’s four-game suspension; the union filed a countersuit to block the suspension.