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The hot potato gets passed to Judge Susan Nelson


The Tom Brady antitrust case is getting passed around like a brick-sized Christmas fruitcake.

Judge Richard Kyle dumped the case on Friday. Judge Patrick Schiltz has now done the same.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the case has now landed on the docket of Judge Susan Nelson.

Kaplan reports that Judge Nelson presided over the Dryer v. NFL case until December 2010, at which time she received a promotion from the position of “magistrate judge” to full judge. The Dryer case arises from claims that the NFL has used the identities of former players without compensation.

Kaplan believes that the players will file a motion to shift the Brady case to Judge Doty. This assumes, of course, that Judge Nelson won’t find a way to pass the potato back to the clerk’s office for another random reassignment to a shrinking pool of judges not named Doty.