Earlier this week, one of the
A partner in the law firm spearheading the NFL's investigation asked the university for help in understanding how weather and temperature could affect air pressure in footballs, the report said.
Lorin L. Reisner called the university Monday, according to notes taken by an administrative manager in the physics department. The notes stated that Reisner wanted to "consult with a physicist on matters relating to gas physics," the newspaper reported.
Reisner also followed up his call with an email to the department further detailing his request: "We represent the NFL in connection with the investigation into the footballs used during the AFC championship game and would like to discuss engaging a professor of physics to consult on matters relating to gas physics and environmental impacts on inflated footballs. Please let me know whether there is a Columbia professor who may be interested in and appropriate for this assignment."