Today’s #DeflateGate appeal hearing was apparently so big they had to move it to the basement, and so important they had Tom Brady take an oath that he was telling to truth to Judge Roger Goodell.
But what it apparently won’t be is long.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brady’s defense team was given four hours “to present its entire case.”
That means the hearing could and should wrap up today. They had originally scheduled Thursday as an option if the proceedings needed to spill over. They started around 9:30 a.m., so plus or minus lunch and bathroom breaks, they should be close to finished.
But with Brady’s side anticipated to nitpick as many details as they possible can in the Ted Wells Report, Goodell apparently wanted to make sure they used their time for that “new information” he’s been asking about for some time.
The commissioner hasn’t put a time frame on himself however, so there’s no telling when any ruling might come.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m. ET: Or, maybe not. League spokesman Greg Aiello tweets to us that there is no strict four-hour time limit, and that Brady’s presentation is expected to go beyond that mark. Perhaps 11 of the 12 clocks at ESPN were mistaken.