In the Brady case, if the parties are not able to settle the matter, the Federal District Court in Manhattan will have to determine whether the Commissioner's decision was "arbitrary and capricious," not whether it "drew its essence from the collective bargaining agreement."
The success of the NFL derives in part from its mastery of the electronic media as the league is able to blanket that world at all times and places. There is no off-season for the NFL. On the rare occasion there can be drawbacks to this dominance. The last 72 hours is not what the media mavens at the NFL would call "a good run."
George Atallah, a representative for the NFL Players' Association, was on Mike and Mike Thursday morning to explain why and how the union would be defending Brady against the now-upheld four-game suspension.
Deflategate is getting to feel like a monster movie that will not die. For reasons never adequately explained, the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has upheld an onerous four-game suspension imposed on football's premier quarterback, Tom Brady.
Last month, the very football that was at the heart of the Deflategate scandal was put up for auction by the New England Patriots. Unsurprisingly, it fetched a whopping price for its sordid role in NFL history.
The flag came down in Charleston because former flag supporters changed their mind - powerful relational leaders can do that. Our growing Victim Class cries for relational leaders who work together to change minds and who bring the divided together.
"Deflategate" is back in the news, and not because Tom Brady's appeal is set for Tuesday, June 23rd. No, it's the report related to the entire investigation that brought the news back to the forefront. And the news, Patriots fans, is good news for Tom Brady.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been accused of hacking into the competitive records of the Houston Astros, but the story has not consumed the Internet and the airwaves yet in the manner that Tom Brady and deflated footballs did.
All football fans are sick of hearing about "Deflategate." Most made up their minds long before they heard any of the facts disclosed in the report drafted by attorney Ted Wells for the NFL. Few bothered to read either his analysis or the response issued by Patriots attorney Dan Goldberg.
Dr. Orujyan, who I count as a personal friend and a mutual source of inspiration, is an American immigrant success story that's still being told.
It goes beyond the dollars lost in endorsements to the broken families and friendships, and the derailed careers. The very integrity of our "heroes" and the games they play is sometimes called into question.
But the fact remains that the ancient game of golf has something important it can teach the men and women of modern sports. Let's hope more of them start learning the lesson.
As I mentioned previously it seems as if there are always some bizarre or hilarious developments in the world of sport while I am out of touch. A few days ago I reported on my experiences watching hockey in Russia. Now I want to revisit what many of you will consider old news.
Three-pointers, home runs, birdies, aces and last-second checkered-flag finishes have been trumped by the unit of measurement called Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI's). And don't think the NFL is upset about that in any way.
Why do organizations like the Patriots who proclaim their innocence then settle with those who regulate (or prosecute) them? "If you're really so innocent," the reasoning goes, "why not fight the charges?"
Never in the history of modern times have we been presented with such a golden opportunity to teach our children as with the sensational phenomenon known as 'Deflategate.'