NFL Deflategate Appeal To Test Deference To Arbitrators

By Zachary Zagger (March 1, 2016, 9:13 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit is set to question lawyers for the NFL and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday afternoon as the Deflategate case continues, and labor law experts say the case will likely hinge on whether the appellate court finds grounds to meddle in league arbitration matters.

A three-judge panel of the court will hear the NFL's challenge to a September district court opinion overturning Brady's four-game suspension for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs ahead of a January 2015 playoff game. The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman vacated a ruling by NFL Commissioner...

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