Legal teams for the NFL and Tom Brady are back in court Thursday afternoon (here's what to expect), and ESPN's Stats & Information team has put together a quick-hit timeline that serves as a refresher for how things have unfolded.
Jan. 18, 2015: The New England Patriots defeat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game 45-7.
Jan. 20, 2015 : Eleven of the 12 footballs used in the first half of the game were deemed to be underinflated by the NFL.
Jan. 23, 2015: Bill Belichick and Brady deny involvement in altering footballs.
Jan. 23, 2015: The league issues a statement that an investigation is ongoing, with executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells leading the probe.
Jan. 26, 2015: Wells says in a statement he expects the investigation to take at least several more weeks.
Feb. 1, 2015: Patriots defeat Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX.
May 6: Investigation is completed and Wells report released.
May 11: Brady is suspended four games, Patriots are fined $1 million and have to forfeit two draft picks (2016 first-round pick, 2017 fourth-round pick).
June 23: Brady appeal is heard with 10 hours of testimony in front of commissioner Roger Goodell.
July 27: Brady reports to Patriots training camp.
July 28: Brady’s suspension is upheld by Goodell.
July 29: Brady expresses disappointment with the NFL in Facebook post; Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he regrets cooperating with NFL in investigation; NFLPA files appeal in Minnesota.
July 30: Minnesota judge orders lawsuit to be transferred to New York City, where NFL had beaten NFLPA to the punch in filing for confirmation of its decision.
Aug. 12: Brady and Goodell appear in federal court before Judge Richard M. Berman at a settlement hearing in New York.
Aug. 19: Another settlement hearing yields no result; Brady and Goodell are not in attendance.
Aug. 31: Berman announces no settlement.
Sept. 3: Berman nullifies the four-game suspension. The NFL appeals the ruling, but does not ask for a stay, meaning Brady can play in the regular-season opener the following week.
Sept. 28: A federal appeals court in New York grants the NFL’s request for an expedited hearing on its appeal of the reversal of Brady’s suspension.
Nov. 23: A federal appeals court in New York announces that the NFL’s hearing on its appeal will be held on March 3, 2016.
Feb. 25: The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York announces the judges who will hear the NFL's appeal of Berman's decision: Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, Judge Barrington D. Parker and Judge Denny Chin.