One of those names is particularly interesting --
And that was after the NFLPA had filed its letter of appeal on Brady's behalf to NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, which Goodell had presumably seen by that time.
In that letter, NFLPA general counsel Tom DePaso states that Goodell and Vincent will be called upon to testify on Vincent's disciplinary authority, or lack thereof, as well as the NFL's role in "what may have been a 'sting operation' to try to implicate the Patriots and Mr. Brady."
"In light of the above, the NFLPA believes that neither Commissioner Goodell nor anyone with close ties to the NFL can serve as arbitrator in Mr. Brady's appeal under governing legal standards," DePaso wrote. "The credibility and testimony of both [Vincent] and Commissioner Goodell will be at issue in the hearing as well as numerous procedural issues regarding your testimony and the testimony of the Commissioner."
DePaso cited last year's appeal of the
"This letter will serve as a formal demand that the Commissioner follow the Rice precedent and appoint an independent person to serve as arbitrator over Mr. Brady's appeal. If the Commissioner does not appoint such a neutral arbitrator, the NFLPA and Mr. Brady will seek recusal and pursue all available relief to obtain an arbitrator who is not evidently partial."