Friday Sports Briefs

Spygate Case Goes to Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Proof that some Jets fans just can’t let go of the “spygate” affair: two Jets fans, who also happen to be attorneys, brought suit against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in connection with the Patriots’ videotaping of the Jets; defensive signals.  Although the Jets fans lost at the trial court level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will hear an appeal of the issue.  Mark Conrad of The Sports Law Blog has the story, and the potential ramifications of the case:

Imagine the potential effect of a positive ruling by the court. Could it open the door for groups of fans to sue for their money back based on one team reading the catcher’s signals or surreptitiously seeing diagrams of basketball plays. A fascinating and (maybe horrifying) thought.

No word as to whether the Jets’s fans will wear jerseys and Fireman Ed hard hats during oral argument.  See the Complaint in the case, Mayer v. Belichick, here.

Roethlisberger Case Not Going Away Quietly

Fans and observers of the NFL await word on the punishment of Ben Roethlisberger in connection the recent investigation of sexual assault charges.  Despite District Attorney Fred Bright’s decision not to prosecute Roethlisberger, details of the investigation continue to leak out.  The details do not pain a rosy picture of Roethlisberger’s conduct, and will likely spur a suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the personal conduct policy. has the story:

In a statement to police on March 5, the 20-year-old college student said Roethlisberger encouraged her, and her friends, to take numerous shots of alcohol. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself.

NFL experts agree that the Steelers are unlikely to trade Roethlisberger.  But as more details emerge, you have to wonder what will come of the QB’s future.  Some are even comparing Roethlisberger’s case to that of Michael Vick.


  1. […] The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a New York Jets season-ticket holder and lawyer who sued Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in connection with the Patriots’ videotaping of the Jets’ defensive signals.  […]

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