NFL “pleased” appeals court ruled Goodell acted properly

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The NFL got a big win on Monday when their appeal of Judge Richard Berman’s decision to overturn Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was successful.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s ruling focused on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s actions as arbitrator under the collective bargaining agreement. The court found that Goodell performed the role as laid out by the CBA, which the court called “unorthodox” while pointing out that “it is the regime bargained for and agreed upon by the parties, which we can only presume they determined was mutually satisfactory.”

As you’d expect, the ruling was met with approval from the league in a statement.

“We are pleased the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Commissioner properly exercised his authority under the collective bargaining agreement to act in cases involving the integrity of the game. That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA for the past 40 years.”

In its announcement of the decision, the court concluded that “had the parties wished to restrict the Commissioner’s authority, they could have fashioned a different agreement.” That may be an issue for the NFLPA to include in future negotiations with the league, but the interpretation of the current CBA was kind to the arguments raised by the league on appeal.

68 responses to “NFL “pleased” appeals court ruled Goodell acted properly

  1. This ruling must be devastating for Fan Boy Army who has steadfastly claimed that every move of Goodell is illegal and punishable by public hanging!

  2. Vile Goodell caught blatantly lying repeatedly in the process.

    There is no more disgusting commissioner of a league in the history of American sports.

    And to you who will celebrate this be warned. Your team could easily be the next victim of Goodell’s lies.

  3. I think most people understand that if Berman had ruled on the question that was in front of him instead of engaging in public theater that Brady would’ve served his suspension last year.

    The court case was never about the guilt or innocence of Tom Brady.

  4. I’ll say a couple of things.

    I think that this became more about the NFL’s ability to punish more than any actual guilt or innocence.

    I think four games is way to much for the alleged offense. I think that if Brady had been willing to play ball it would have been a lot less, but he stuck to his guns whatever the cost.

    I also think he’s as guilty as sin.

    I also have a feeling that he’ll find some way to wiggle out of it once again and he’ll be playing my Bills week 4. But man, I sure hope not.

  5. Bascially the courts say Goodell can impose any punishment he wants at any time and theres nothing the playet can do. Lucky he didnt say screw it and suspended Brady for 5 years because he would have won that too. What a joke. Regardless this is the fault of the NFLPA and there poor bargaining which includes suspension for positive marijuana tests.

  6. badbabyjane says:
    Apr 25, 2016 12:55 PM
    This ruling must be devastating for Fan Boy Army who has steadfastly claimed that every move of Goodell is illegal and punishable by public hanging!
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    To be fair, Goodell is not exactly a good commissioner.

  7. I guess the appeals court told the players association that they agreed to let Roger dole out whatever punishment he wants for whatever real or imagined transgression he wants.

    They did not rule on the merits of the suspension. Brady’s next move will be a defamation lawsuit for at least 100 million dollars.

  8. craignflfan says:
    Apr 25, 2016 12:54 PM
    No one in New England watch the first round of the draft.

    We Pats Fans generally prefer watching football in late January….does anyone doubt will be again this year?

  9. NFL “pleased” appeals court ruled Goodell acted properly

    ————————————————————So are 31 of the 32 team owners …

  10. Joke of a franchise. Only team in NFL history with so many scandals in a ten year period.

    Funny how all these scandals coincide with the only period in their history when they were relevant.

    Stripe all titles. Suspend franchise operations for three years and forfeit all wins since Belicheat took over.

  11. To be fair, Goodell is not exactly a good commissioner.
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    To be fair, Kraft is hot exactly an honest business man or trustworthy partner to the other 31 NFL owners.

  12. Brady retirement imminent. His pride won’t allow him to sit out a suspension.

  13. We can win without a QB. Belichick could start a can of tomato at QB and we would win the division at least. Haters fail to understand it is our that makes the QB not vice versa.

  14. What’s actually hilarious is that this boiled down to a “loop-hole” in the CBA that the NFLPA didn’t catch, or didn’t think mattered. And why that’s funny is because the Patriots have been exploiting “loop-holes” since BB took the job. Might as well as Jerry where to find the best Glory Holes.

  15. Echoing other comments here, Goodell now has all of the power and this ruling on his side. He doesn’t need facts or any evidence of any infraction. I can see it now, helmet to helmet hits, conduct detrimental, drug test fails, conduct detrimental, personal fouls, conduct detrimental, and so on and so forth…

  16. Lying Goodell and New York judges agree. INTEGRITY. Enjoy it haters. You are next!

  17. This is a travesty. Brady will appeal and be cleared of any wrongdoing once again.

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    Actually, Whitey, this thing is pretty much over. Brady’s legacy will now include an aura of cheating forever.

  18. corporatemediaprostitute says:
    Apr 25, 2016 1:13 PM
    If Patriots fan had any common or legal sense, they would have expected this. The CBA gives the Commissioner authority to impose discipline. He did.
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    And he will continue to do so except he now knows he doesn’t need evidence and can lie in his rulings, he is judge, jury and executioner and has the right to deny any appeals.

  19. The court ruled on Law. Many may not like it, heck, I don’t like it…. but it is what it is. Law.

    c’est la vie Tom.

  20. the players agreed to the CBA, so im not sure why every one thinks Rodger just goes around making up his own rules, not only that if you dont like Rodger remember he represents the owners will

  21. The referee’s allowed the footballs to be used even though they knew that they had left their custody without their consent. That is on the Officials NOT Tom Brady.

    Sorry NFL look at yourselves first you knowingly allowed it to happen!

  22. I understand that non-Pats fans relish in this, but in open court the NFL admitted they had no evidence. The court nevertheless affirmed the commissioner’s authority to do whatever he wants. He is not smart and he is not well advised. Any franchise could be next for whatever reason the NFL decides, because facts are what they want them to be. Does any sane person believe that the NFL has not released their finding from their “spot checks” for any logical reason other than that it makes them look like fools?

  23. Cheaters always take the chance they are going to get caught. Many don’t but in this case it’s pretty obvious. Brady’s legacy takes a big hit and for stupidity on his part. He didn’t need to cheat to be the best but some times you just can’t control your mind for wanting to get that extra edge that you really don’t need. The majority of pro athletes are always looking for that extra edge and in many cases it’s far more mental than physical…..

  24. The court didn’t determine that the league and Roger acted properly, only that they acted within the rights granted to them by the CBA. Courts don’t determine propriety, they determine legal issues. Nobody who knows the facts can possibly think it’s proper to suspend a player and take draft picks from a team when the evidence points to no wrongdoing.

  25. Berman got the NFL to admit there was no real evidence. This court just told us evidence doesn’t matter.

    What a country. even crazier, people agreed with this.

  26. jazz11001 says:
    Apr 25, 2016 1:37 PM

    The referee’s allowed the footballs to be used even though they knew that they had left their custody without their consent. That is on the Officials NOT Tom Brady.

    Sorry NFL look at yourselves first you knowingly allowed it to happen!
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    The footballs were taken down to the field like they always were. That BS by Walt Anderson that for the first time ever, they couldn’t find the footballs, was just him trying to cover his ass.

    Remember, these were the same bozos that left the footballs for the Chiefs-Patriots game back at the motel.

  27. You want to know what else is funny? When the Patriots lose a game without Brady, that will be what they cling to, almost like they are going to add an asterisk to those loses*. This stuff writes itself.

  28. I find it amazing that people cannot understand that this ruling has nothing to do with anything other than the CBA. Brady’s guilt or innocence is not implicated at all.

  29. I think everyone is happy.

    The NFL said enough is enough to the cheating and acting as if they are above the rules.

    End of discussion.

  30. My favorite part was last season when Brady played even better with “proper” footballs. But I’m sure the league will release its psi measurements any second, right after it finishes the Manning HGH investigation.

  31. jimjets says:
    Apr 25, 2016 3:00 PM
    I think everyone is happy.

    The NFL said enough is enough to the cheating and acting as if they are above the rules.

    End of discussion.

    If only,

    what was the jets penalty for videotaping or deflating footballs??

  32. tigersfandan says:
    Apr 25, 2016 1:05 PM

    badbabyjane says:
    Apr 25, 2016 12:55 PM
    This ruling must be devastating for Fan Boy Army who has steadfastly claimed that every move of Goodell is illegal and punishable by public hanging!
    ____________________________________

    To be fair, Goodell is not exactly a good commissioner.
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    Actually he’s an excellent commissioner, remember he works for the NFL owners, he maybe a crappy person, but the owners do not care about his personality. He’s their Front Man, does the dirty work, they sit in the back ground collecting money…

  33. The court got it right. Goodell did not do a particularly good job at being impartial, but he was still operating within the collective bargaining agreement. the lower court ignored that glaring fact. If Pat fans insist on blaming someone other than Brady, it should be the NFLPA for negotiating such an awful contract that allows the commissioner so much power.

  34. The appeals court did not rule that “Goodell acted properly”. That is NFL spin. They ruled he had the right, under the collective bargaining agreement, to rule against Brady’s appeal.

    In fact, the judges specifically stated they did not opine on Brady’s actions.

  35. “Belichick could start a can of tomato at QB and we would win the division at least.”

    I actually believe this is true. Must be nice to play in a division with three perennial doormats.

  36. With regard to the AFC East,

    why do the Patriots have a BETTER OVERALL RECORD against the rest of the entire NFL than they do against these supposed doormats?

    Stats suggest that the division that they are in has nothing to do with their long-term dominance.

  37. “Roger Goodell is a fool. Simple as that.”

    Not in this case, it would seem.

    Actually, the ruling proves that Goodell has the ability to continue to be a fool and do whatever he wants, according to the contract.

  38. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” — Abraham Lincoln

    That said I would still bet dollars to doughnuts that the Patriots get away with 99.999% of their cheating.

  39. “properly exercised his authority ”

    yea lying in open court is always the centerpiece of a properly exercised authority. At least dissenting Judge Katzman saw the fraud. Brady will appeal and will play whole year next year. Ship it.

  40. Say what you want about Goodell it’s not what this boils down to… it’s really about the fact that Tom Brady is not above the same ironfisted Goodell-created law that rules the league. Even though Tommy thought he was. That’s the bottom line.

  41. tim8450 says:
    Apr 25, 2016 4:09 PM
    “Roger Goodell is a fool. Simple as that.”

    Not in this case, it would seem.

    Actually, the ruling proves that Goodell has the ability to continue to be a fool and do whatever he wants, according to the contract.
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    Exactly. That is what the ruling proves.

    And…

    It does not state that Brady or the Patriots are guilty of cheating.

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