Minnesota. Land of 10,000 lakes. Home of the Minnesota Vikings, SlotMachinePlayer and one of the most labor-friendly courts in the country. That last one is the reason why the NFL Player Association will try to file Tom Brady's DeflateGate appeal there.
At least according to ESPN's Jim Trotter:
The NFLPA will file its Brady appeal in Minnesota and is working to do so by as early as today, per source.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) July 29, 2015
Minnesota, of course, is known as the State in which Senior U.S. District Judge David S. Doty reinstated Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in his case against the NFL. Jodi Balsam, who served as the NFL's counsel for operations and ligitation from 1994 to 2002 and as counsel for football operations from 2002 to 2007 had to say the following about Judge Doty yesterday:
If Judge Doty were to take this case, Brady would be fairly comfortable with that […] He would make sure nothing would happen to Brady during the season. I have no doubt he would do whatever he could to make sure no player or the PA would suffer as a result of pending litigation. That's just a Doty trademark.
According to Trotter, the appeal could be filed as early as today. While we do not yet know if it will be, one thing is certain: the earlier the case gets filed, the earlier Brady might get an injunction to (at least temporarily) have his suspension lifted.
UPDATES: According to the Boston Herald's Bob McGovern, the paperwork has been filed in Minnesota and Judge Richard H. Kyle has been assigned the case:
According to what's on the docket: The Minnesota case has been assigned to Judge Richard H. Kyle, NOT Judge David Doty. #DeflateGate— Bob McGovern (@BobMcGovernJr) July 29, 2015
For more updates, it is highly recommended you follow McGovern on Twitter.