Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension. (Elsa/Getty Images)

There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.

According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.

While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.

That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.

That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.

So who will win? You can be the judge.

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Mike Petraglia

It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.

Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet again Aug. 12 at a court conference. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet again Aug. 12 at a settlement conference. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.

According to several reports, Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a settlement conference for Wednesday, August 12 in which he’s requested both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell be present.

“Let’s see what we can accomplish at that conference,” Berman wrote in the order.

He also requests the two sides keep talking before the conference.

“Lastly, I request that you all engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12, 2015,” he wrote.

It now seems more and more likely this will be resolved by the opening night, Sept. 10., especially given that was what both sides requested Friday.

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Ryan Hannable

One of Tom Brady‘s fiercest rivals doesn’t believe the quarterback should be suspended for four games.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: Bernard Pollard #31 of the Tennessee Titans looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Bernard Pollard said Tom Brady doesn’t deserve a four-game suspension. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

One of Tom Brady‘s fiercest rivals doesn’t believe the quarterback should be suspended for four games.

Former Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard, who delivered the blow in the 2008 opener that knocked Brady out for the rest of the season, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday that he doesn’t believe the Patriots quarterback deserved to be banned for his role in Deflategate.

“I do not like Tom Brady as a competitor or someone that is playing against him, because he’s a competitive player,” said Pollard, who is a free agent. “But I respect the piss out of him because the guy knows how to win. You can say whatever you want to say about him, but he is a true champion. He understands it.

“Do I feel that he should be suspended for four games? I’m going to tell you no,” added Pollard. “This dude is a competitor, man. I don’t think he should have been suspended for four games. But I’m not the commissioner. I’m not on that committee that suspended him. (But) I know he’s going to fight tooth and nail like he does on the field to get back on the field with his team.”

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Christopher Price

The Patriots made an addition to the Wells Report in Context on Friday, revealing a series of emails in which they made specific requests to the league in hopes of having them correct initial misinformation being reported by the media and to investigate the sources of such misinformation, whic

The Patriots made an addition to the Wells Report in Context on Friday, revealing a series of emails in which they made specific requests to the league in hopes of having them correct initial misinformation being reported by the media and to investigate the sources of such misinformation, which — in their eyes — could only have been league personnel.

The series of emails includes an introduction that reads: “Shortly after the AFC Championship game, the league had all the data regarding halftime psi readings in hand, yet would not share that information with the Patriots, issue a statement with the facts or at least let the public know that reports circulating were inaccurate.”

The report includes several communications between the league and the Patriots — emails between Patriots PR chief Stacey James, NFL PR official Greg Aiello, Associate Legal Counsel at The Kraft Group Robyn Glaser, and Jeff Pash, the executive vice-president and general counsel of the NFL — that provide a detailed look at the efforts made by the Patriots to ask the league to correct the information.

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Christopher Price


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Mike Petraglia

At least the NFL and NFLPA can agree on one matter in the Tom Brady Deflategate saga.

Both sides have proposed to Judge Richard Berman to find a “final resolution” to the matter before the 2015 NFL season begins.

At least the NFL and NFLPA can agree on one matter in the Tom Brady Deflategate saga.

Both sides have proposed to Judge Richard Berman to find a “final resolution” to the matter before the 2015 NFL season begins.

In a letter to Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lawyers for the two teams requested the matter be expedited to Sept. 4, six days before the Patriots open the season on Sept. 10 against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

“The NFLPA and Mr. Brady had intended to file a motion for a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction,” the parties wrote in a document obtained by CBSSports.com. “However, the parties met and conferred and have agreed that a final resolution of this matter prior to the commencement of the 2015 NFL regular season would be in everyone’s best interest.”

The two parties proposed the following schedule:

  • Aug. 7: NFLPA and NFL cross move to vacate and confirm the suspension
  • Aug. 14: Both parties file “respective papers” in support of those motions

    The two sides would then schedule a date for oral arguments that would “enable a decision to be rendered by Sept. 4, when Brady’s team must prepare for its first regular season game.”

    This is significant since it would avoid an injunction to allow Brady play, while, presumably, a suspension or other discipline is negotiated.

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    Mike Petraglia