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Resource ID: #27677
Subject: Sports
Source: ESPN (Television Network) (Bristol, CT)
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Date: Sept. 8, 2015

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For much of the 2015 off-season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell engaged in public combat with the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. While the conflict provided great spectacle, the civil war -- known as Deflategate -- pitted Goodell against the Patriots and their star quarterback made no sense. Why were the league's premier franchise, led by a cherished team owner, and Brady, one of the NFL's greatest ambassadors, being smeared because a little air might have been let out of some footballs? But league insiders knew that Deflategate didn't begin on the eve of the AFC Championship Game. It began in 2007, with another scandal, this one called Spygate.

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