Incentives Matter (Tom Brady Edition)

Roger Goodell, the unpopular Commissioner of the NFL, recently heard Tom Brady’s appeal in the now-infamous “Deflategate” or “Ballghazi” case. As things stand now, the Commissioner has only two options: (i) reduce Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, or (ii) do nothing (let Brady’s four-game suspension stand as is). Why doesn’t Mr Goodell have a third option: (iii) increase Brady’s suspension by n number of games? If this third option were available in pro sports, maybe fewer players would appeal their suspensions. As things stand now, there is no downside to a player appealing an adverse decision by his sports league …

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