For a case that involves no dispute regarding the facts but only a question of whether the applicable agreements and/or policies permit the suspension of an incoming player based on things that happened while he was in college, the hearing on the appeal of a five-game suspension could be handled in five minutes, or fewer. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell devoted 80 minutes to the appeal of Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Present at 280 Park Avenue were agent Drew Rosenhaus, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, NFL executive Adolpho Birch, NFLPA outside counsel Jeffery Kessler, NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen, and others. Pryor did not attend.
No timetable has been provided for a resolution. Pryor has asked that the process be expedited.
The appeal centers on the question of whether Goodell has the authority to suspend players like Pryor under the CBA or any other policies that may apply.
In the end, Goodell will be reviewing a decision Goodell already made. As explained during today’s PFT Live, that’s an arrangement that’s problematic for everyone involved.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!