Judge suggests Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a news conference where Brady was presented the Super Bowl MVP in Phoenix, Ariz. The NFL was determined to blame Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for deflated footballs in the AFC title game, and the investigation omitted key facts and buried others, Brady's agent said Thursday, May 7, 2015. (John Samora/The Arizona Republic via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension strongly suggested the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear in court on Aug. 12 and 19.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences on both days “with your principles (including, without limitation, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady).” He also requested the parties “engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12.”

Earlier in the day, the NFL and the players’ union said they wanted Berman to resolve their dispute over Brady’s suspension by Sept. 4 — six days before the Patriots’ opener.

Brady was suspended for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game in January. Goodell upheld the suspension Tuesday after Brady appealed.

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