NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Tom Brady have failed to reach a settlement in the quarterback’s appeal of his four-game suspension.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman announced today that the parties will not settle the case, saying he will announce a ruling as early as Tuesday.
At the conference Berman said, “I have no qualms about everybody’s dedication.”
The judge ordered both Brady and Goodell to appear in court today for a face-to-face conference before ruling whether the New England Patriots quarterback must serve the league-imposed suspension for his role in a conspiracy to use under-inflated footballs during last season’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Judge Berman has pushed for a settlement with no luck at this point. Some court observers believe that Berman could very well reduce or eliminate the suspension all together for Brady. At a court hearing earlier this month, Berman told the NFL there was, in fact, precedent for judges to toss out penalties issued by arbitrators.