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United States Second Circuit

National Football League Management Council v. National Football League Players Association, 15‐2801

In a dispute arising out of the alleged improper use of deflated footballs by professional football athlete Tom Brady, the District Court's vacation of the NFL Commissioner's award confirming the discipline of Brady, based upon the court's finding of fundamental unfairness and lack of notice, is reversed where: 1) the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement; and 2) his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/04/25




  • United States Second Circuit


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