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Roger Goodell statement on Brady ruling

"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season. "

Bruschi: Goodell is embarrassing NFL

On SportsCenter, Tedy Bruschi said of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: "I'm embarrassed that the leader of the NFL ... is making the league look ridiculous."


Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN

Jackie MacMullan on SportsCenter: "I'm surprised. I didn't think that this would ever be overturned." Coverage on ESPNews, WatchESPN

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Brady's fantasy stock soars

When the news of Tom Brady's suspension being overturned broke, around 75% of all roster changes in ESPN Fantasy Football leagues were Brady being moved into the starting lineup for Week 1. Brady's average draft position also dropped from around 75 to around 50. Play for free

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A federal judge overturned the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady in the Deflategate case, issuing a 40-page ruling that criticized commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice." [Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer]

Mike Sando NFL Insider 

If integrity of the game were truly the NFL's top priority in the Deflategate matter, all the league had to do before the AFC title game was put into place stricter protocols moving forward.

Fantasy impact of Brady ruling

Field Yates said on SportsCenter of Tom Brady's fantasy stock after his four-game suspension was overturned: "I had him at QB10, you can push him up to QB6 and he's certainly right on the heels of Drew Brees for QB5." Play for free

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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.


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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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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NFL opener still missing key players

The Sep. 10 game between the Steelers and Patriots still will be lacking some star power. Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will miss the game after substance-abuse suspensions dating back to an incident together in the 2014 preseason. Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games as well, but is currently appealing that decision.

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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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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."


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NFL would have to provide permission for Patriots to reinstate suspended employees John Jastremski and Jim McNally.

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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#tbt to Opening Day with the Super Bowl Champ.

Cotton, metallic ink and ... freedom

Those are the ingredients in Julian Edelman's latest T-shirt according to a tweet sent after Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. Edelman was just one of many players to share their reactions on Twitter. See the tweets


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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Greg Hardy might take the Brady route

The Cowboys DE, who had a 10-game suspension reduced to 4 games, will discuss with the union whether to challenge his remaining suspension in court given today's Tom Brady decision, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. Story

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The NFL has announced it will appeal Judge Berman's decision to overturn the Tom Brady suspension.

NFL will 'definitely' appeal ruling

Tom Brady's suspension reduction will "definitely" be appealed by the league, a league source tells ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Regarding a potential NFL request for a stay to keep Tom Brady from playing, Brandt's source said: "Don't think so."

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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.