'Influential' Owners Lobbying Commish To Uphold Deflategate Ban, According To PFT

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Will the NFL and Tom Brady reach a compromise?

There have been negotiations between the league and Brady’s camp as the New England Patriots quarterback fights a four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy, according to Pro Football Talk.

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Brady met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on June 23 to appeal his ban after the league’s investigation found the Pats star was “at least generally aware” of under-inflated footballs used in last season’s AFC title game.

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Citing an NFL source, PFT’s Mike Florio reported late Wednesday that, though the sides have talked, “no progress has been made” and a deal at this point “would be unexpected.”

“Per the source, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is being pushed by a small handful of influential owners to hold firm on the four-game suspension,” Florio wrote.

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Brady is expected to bring the NFL to federal court if his suspension isn’t overturned. The defending champion Patriots will open the season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh.