A decision regarding when the hearing would be scheduled was expected earlier this week, but the NFL and the NFLPA apparently needed some extra time to figure out the specific date.
Roger Goodell made the decision to appoint himself as the arbitrator in Brady’s appeal hearing shortly after the league handed down punishment for DeflateGate.
Under the CBA, Goodell has the ability to oversee appeals, which has been an issue of contention with the legal in recent years.
At the owner’s meetings this week, Goodell mentioned that he wanted to speak to Brady directly regarding his role in the DeflateGate incident.
The Patriots ultimately elected to accept the league’s punishment that includes a $1 million as well as the loss of future draft picks. Because of this, some speculated that this could be a good sign for the league reducing Brady’s four-game suspension.
However, it’s worth mentioning that others around the league aren’t so certain that this will ultimately have any impact on Brady’s case, and could instead be a sign that his four-game ban is likely to hold up.
We’ll have more regarding Brady’s suspension as the news is available.