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    07.30.15 Professor Jodi Balsam in USA TODAY on Legal Battle between NFL and Tom Brady
    Jodi Balsam

    Professor Jodi Balsam, who served as the NFL's counsel for operations and litigation from 1994-2002 and as counsel to football operations from 2002-2007, commented in USA TODAY on the upcoming legal battle between New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL, by way of Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    With Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension in the wake of Deflategate, and Brady’s subsequent decision to take the league to federal court, Balsam sees the league holding a significant advantage because of a clever preemptive maneuver involving jurisdiction.

    “Courts are very protective of their jurisdiction,” Balsam said. “It’s very rare that a court would not honor the first filer in their jurisdiction. There are now two conflicting lawsuits with the NFL’s and the union’s. And the first one filed usually has the presumption of jurisdiction and usually is the seat where the case is tried.”

    Professor Balsam was also quoted in the July 19 USA TODAY story “What might NFL be considering as Tom Brady awaits Deflategate appeal ruling?

    Read the full article.