NFL files brief in Deflategate appeal, says judge ‘vastly exceeded’ authority

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NFL files brief in Deflategate appeal
Monday October 26th, 2015

The NFL has filed its opening brief in the appeal of judge Richard Berman’s ruling in the Deflategate case between Tom Brady and the league. 

Monday was the deadline for the league to file its brief. The NFLPA, which is representing Brady in the case, has until Dec. 7 to respond and the NFL can file a reply on Dec. 21. 

In its brief, the NFL says Berman, who overturned Brady’s four-game suspension last month, “vastly exceeded” his authority. It argues that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union grants Roger Goodell “broad authority to impose discipline.”

The NFL was granted an expedited appeal, meaning the case could go before a three-judge panel as early as Feb. 1. Given that timeline, Brady would not be forced to serve a suspension until the 2016 season if the NFL wins its appeal. ​

Berman’s initial ruling allowed Brady to start the Patriots’ season opener. He has led New England to a 6–0 record thus far this season while passing for 2,054 yards and 16 touchdowns.

- Dan Gartland 

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