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Schefter: The NFL's 'ship crashed'

ESPN's Adam Schefter discusses how the NFL's preparation ultimately doomed the league in the case.


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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100+ NFL players surveyed on Deflategate

Before a judge overturned Tom Brady's suspension, players offered their own opinions:

  • 72%: The Patriots deflated the footballs
  • 16%: "Upset" by it
  • 68%: Other teams tamper with footballs
And should Brady have been suspended?

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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."


trey wingo @wingoz

with Brady's suspension lifted.. I'm changing my prediction for the AFC East from "Patriots win division".. to "Patriots destroy division"

Four games with Brady change the season

Teams that start an NFL season 2-2 makes the playoffs just 36 percent of the time. So you can say, “No big deal, it’s the Patriots,” but minus Brady they were underdogs in two of those first four games, and now they’re favorite in all four. Don’t kid yourself — this means a lot, writes Kevin Seifert. Better with Brady

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Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

Major takeaway from Berman's ruling: The judge essentially tells the NFL it can't yell "conduct detrimental" and do whatever it wants.

Recent suspensions changed on appeal

Tom Brady's case is the NFL's fifth suspension reversal in the last year. The four others:

  • Ray Rice: Indefinite suspension lifted
  • Adrian Peterson: Indefinite suspension lifted
  • Ndamukong Suh: 1 game to zero games
  • Greg Hardy: 10 games to 4 games

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Rory McIlroy on Tom Brady ruling: "There was no evidence to suggest he did anything wrong. This is great for him; it's great for the team."

Pats feeling 'vindicated' with decision

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss: "There is a feeling within the organization that justice has been served today."


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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