Report: Tom Brady and NFL urged by judge to settle before Wednesday’s legal hearing

Judge Richard Berman reportedly ordered New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have “further good faith settlement efforts” before Wednesday’s “Deflategate” settlement hearing.

The last-minute meeting on Tuesday will take place with the Commissioner, Brady and his lawyers in Judge Berman’s robing room. The hope is that the two parties will iron out a settlement on Brady’s four-game suspension before the official hearing takes place.

The NFL asked Judge Berman to find that it ruled legally when the Commissioner suspended Brady for four games for his alleged knowledge in using footballs that were under-inflated during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January.

The NFLPA has since counter-sued to reverse the suspension.

If this last-ditch attempt for both parties to agree fails or they do not meet, then it appears the settlement hearing will take place Wednesday August 12 as scheduled.

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