Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Sets Rules in Brady vs. NFL

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Sets Rules in Brady vs. NFL

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Manhattan federal judge Richard M. Berman quickly defined the ground rules in his first written orders after the NFL and the Players Association clashed over commissioner Roger Goodell's four- game suspension of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady - that settling the case is a priority, the heated rhetoric must stop, documents will be public and Goodell and Brady will have to come to court.

Berman is the right judge to navigate the pressures of the Brady- Goodell showdown, said Judge William H. Pauley III, who presided over a lawsuit New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez brought against Major League Baseball over his suspension.

"Everybody's under pressure, not just Tom Brady," Pauley said. "If there's anybody on our bench who can resolve a case, it's Richard."

Berman, 71, assigned randomly to the case, will preside over the hearing beginning Aug. 12 in New York.

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