Now that the Tom Brady deflate gate hearing is officially underway the next question is will this affect the 30 million dollar fantasy football industry?Like the NFL fantasy football junkies hold an annual fantasy football once a year draft. Here fantasy football gurus and fans participate in a once a year draft. But one has to wonder if this scandal will affect loyal Brady followers? Granted it’s only fantasy but Tom Brady is Tom Brady. By playing fantasy football one can engage in a dream of what it’s like to be an NFL GM.
By drafting players and cutting players fans can and with some luck win some money if their successful. This is where the Brady loyalty comes into factor. Aside from being just a fantasy Tom Brady is one of the top three quarterbacks to play the game. Even in fantasy Brady remains a loyal pick or draft. Performing in fantasy is no real life situation but a dream. This hearing will certainly have an impact this year.
By Brady facing a four game suspension one has to wonder how long this whole process will take. This is only the hearing. If this goes to Federal trial this could stretch well into or possibly over a year. This is where fans loyalty come into play. Currently the Pats have two backup quarterbacks on their roster. Second year man Jimmy Garoppolo and recently acquired backup NFL journeyman Matt Flynn. One doesn’t even know if their good enough to be on an NFL roster. Certainly fantasy players won’t go with an untested Garoppoko and Flynn at best is a backup.
If Goodell buckles under and reduces the suspension to one game that will be one game without the best quarterback in the NFL will hurt the outcome of that particular week. This leads us to the next issue Brady is going to fight this to the finish.He wants his squeaky clean image back.How can you blame him Goodell is challenging him on his text messages and not turning over his cell phone. This is not a criminal case but a league violation.As far as Brady is concerned it’s either no games or nothing at all and a major apology’
It should be a very interesting summer as the two sides try to come to an accord.With the fantasy football draft usually held in August that won’t be even near enough time with pre season well underway.But make no mistake about it Brady is not playing fantasy football he’s playing for his reputation and image restored.One has to roll the dice on this one either the best quarterback in football in court or a journeyman backup who still has to make the roster?