Legal experts weigh Brady's role

Quarterback Tom Brady's decision to be a lead plaintiff in the event that the player's union heads to court in its labor battle with owners was a topic of discussion at the fifth annual MIT Sloan School of Management sports analytics conference Friday.

Marc Thaler writes on the topic in a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com. Brady's decision is described as symbolic, although unlikely to be a big factor in the final outcome.

"This is about public relations,” said Mike McCann, an associate professor of law at Vermont Law School. “Fans are going to look at the issues and be frustrated by both sides. Using Tom Brady as a name is not going to dramatically influence fans.”