NEW YORK — The NFL and the players’ union say they want a New York judge to resolve their dispute over Tom Brady’s suspension by Sept. 4.

The league and union filed a joint letter in U.S. District Court on Friday proposing a ruling by that date in Brady’s lawsuit against the league seeking to have his four-game suspension overturned. The union did not seek a court order on Friday that would allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play while a court case dragged on.

Both sides agreed not to attempt to get a preliminary ruling before the full facts are aired.

Jeffrey Kessler, the lead lawyer in Brady’s lawsuit, said in his filing with Judge Richard Berman that the parties “agreed … to a final resolution of this matter prior to the commencement of the 2015 regular season would be in everyone’s best interest.”

The NFL confirmed it took part in filing the letter in an email to The Associated Press.


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