NO DEFLATEGATE SETTLEMENT: JUDGE SAYS DECISION BY FRIDAY

By Sarah Berkowitz

The eight-month-long nightmare for the NFL known as Deflategate will go one for at least the rest of this week.

Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have failed to reach a settlement in the quarterback’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman announced today that the sides will not settle the case, saying he will announce a ruling as early as Tuesday and no later than Friday.

“It won’t be today, but hopefully tomorrow or the day after,” said Berman, who stated that he is putting the final touches on his decision.

Speaking at a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, Berman noted that senior executives from the league and the NFL Players Association who had not attended several previous settlement talks joined more than an hour of negotiations Monday morning.

Giants president and co-owner John Mara took part, as did free-agent kicker Jay Feely, Berman said. Feely is a member of the union’s executive committee, and Mara is chairman of the NFL’s executive committee that oversees labor matters.

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