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Judge deems NFL's process unfair to Brady

ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack explains why he thinks Judge Berman made his ruling: "I think that basically what this judge has said is, in agreeing with the union, you know, this wasn't fair."


League to appeal Tom Brady ruling

The Patriots QB won't have to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate, a ruling the NFL will "definitely" appeal, a league source told ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Live on ESPN

Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

Berman backhands NFL: “A player's right to notice is at the heart of the CBA and, for that matter, our criminal and civil justice systems.”

Field Yates @FieldYates

Aside from Malcolm Butler, Judge Richard Berman has now forced the most significant turnover in Patriots franchise history.

Brandt: A 'major rebuke' of Roger Goodell

ESPN's Andrew Brandt explains why the NFL is facing the ultimate "be careful what you wish for" moment.


New England's odds adjusted for Week 1

New England is once again a touchdown favorite over Pittsburgh for next week's season opener. New England was 3-point favorites before a judge nullified Tom Brady's suspension, and got bumped up to 6.5-point favorites after today's announcement at Nevada sportsbooks William Hill and CG Technology.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Saints LB Scott Shanle glad to see Roger Goodell being overruled. Shanle texted: "He rules with iron fist because the players union allowed him to be the czar in punishments. Players union is to blame more than anyone else. He is an arrogant individual who has been allowed to do it since he became commisioner. Finally a court and a judge are the players voice of reason when dealing with him. Everyone finds out how corrupt the NFL is in every case with lack of evidence and shady tactics when it comes time to prove evidence. The league office has to change their ways because public is tired of it as well."

Todd Archer @toddarcher

So much for that Eastern Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois matchup in Week 4 of Romo vs. Garoppolo.

NFLPA responds to Brady ruling

Via their website, the NFL Players Association said, in part: "This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. ... We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans."

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Pats now able to get back to football

Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. What's it like at Patriots headquarters right now? It is a day of vindication, writes Mike Reiss. Sweet victory

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Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN

Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "Tom Brady expected this. Tom Brady did think he was going to win." Coverage on ESPN

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Court nullifies Brady suspension

The last page of Judge Richard Berman's ruling clearly states his decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady.


Key points from Tom Brady ruling

  • The court found that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others
  • Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used PEDs
Four-game ban overturned

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Blake Griffin @blakegriffin32

Great day for Tom Brady but I feel really bad for that Dom Grady guy that was gonna start in his place. Stay ready, Dom. Be a professional.

Schefter: Bad two years for the NFL

Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "From the league office perspective, last year went as bad as it could. This season is about to kick off and this is a damning decision. This is a slap in the face of the NFL."


Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

While it's a hit to the NFL process, the league still gets Brady starting on opening night vs the Steelers. A ratings bonanza.

Deflategate timeline

  • Jan. 18: Allegations begin with AFC Championship Game
  • May 6: Wells report finds "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs
  • May 11: Brady suspended 4 games, Pats fined $1 million and docked 2 draft picks
  • July 28: Brady suspension upheld by NFL
  • Today: Judge Berman nullifies Brady suspension

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Schefter: Expect NFL to appeal ruling

Tom Brady can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for Deflategate. But as Adam Schefter explains on SportsCenter, expect the NFL to appeal the ruling in the second circuit. Live coverage on ESPN


How having Tom Brady impacts Patriots

No surprise: New England's chances in each of its first four games are better with Brady than without him, according to ESPN's NFL Football Power Index.

Judge overturns Tom Brady's suspension

The Patriots' season opener is one week away -- and Brady will be available at QB after his four-game ban for Deflategate was nullified today. Story

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Jane McManus @janesports

In decision, Judge Berman refers to Wells report as an "independent" investigation. With quotes. Ouch.