The document was filed Monday morning and once again makes clear how strongly Berman wants to see the parties to DeflateGate settle this case, as he has been urging virtually since the moment he drew the case by lottery. On July 30, when he ordered both sides to appear in court, he urged them to “tone down their rhetoric” and “begin to pursue a mutually acceptable resolution.”
Berman may have used the word “requesting,” but it’s a much stronger command than that. Still, it’s not terribly likely to happen, as The Post’s Mark Maske reported.
“I don’t see much willingness to move toward a middle ground,” one of those people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the case is in court.Another person familiar with the case expressed similar sentiments, saying: “You never say never, I guess. [But] I don’t expect it.”
The order means that he wants each side as close as it can get to its final, no-wiggle-room position. That way, he won’t have to listen to a lot of negotiating. Then, when he knows where each side stands, the hearing on the case’s merits will proceed.
The next court date presently set is Aug. 19. The NFL and the NFL Players Association hope for resolution of the case — and Brady’s four-game suspension — before the Patriots open the season Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.