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Joseph M. Hanna Quoted in “NFL Deflategate Appeal to Test Deference to Arbitrators,” Law360

March 1, 2016
Joseph M. Hanna

Sports and Entertainment Practice Group Chair Joseph M. Hanna told Law360 that the likelihood of the Second Circuit reversing a district court opinion that overturned New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the “deflategate” controversy is low — but could go either way nonetheless.

“These are not elected officials,” Joe said. “They are appointed for their lives. Public opinion is not going to sway them.”

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman’s September 2015 decision vacated an arbitration ruling made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hand down the suspension. As Law360 notes, the case will likely be contingent on the Second Circuit’s appetite to butt into league arbitration matters.

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