NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday urged the National Football League and its players union to continue discussing a possible settlement to resolve their dispute over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" four-game suspension.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, sitting in Manhattan, said both sides had enough "strengths and weaknesses" to their cases that they should come together to resolve their dispute rather than seeking a ruling by Sept. 4.
"A settlement is the logical and rational outcome," Berman said.
The judge said he would meet privately with the lawyers about a settlement later on Wednesday. Berman also scheduled a Aug. 31 hearing and directed both Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to attend.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)