Judge Moves Tom Brady's Lawsuit Against NFL to New York City

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at NFL headquarters in New York on June 23. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Quarterback Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL will be heard in a New York City court instead of in Minnesota, a judge ordered on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the New England Patriots quarterback and the National Football League Players Association filed a lawsuit against the four-game suspension Brady received for his involvement in the deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship Game in January.

The NFL had determined that Brady was aware of team staffers releasing air from their game balls in their win over the Indianapolis Colts, which sent them to the Super Bowl. But the suit claims Brady's punishment wasn't fair and consistent. 

The NFLPA filed the motion in Minnesota, where they won previous litigation against the league. But U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ordered the transfer to the Southern District of New York, where the NFL is headquartered. The judge said he sees little reason for the action to begin in Minnesota, according to the NFL.

The Patriots paid a $1 million fine and lost their 2016 first-round draft pick and their 2017 fourth-round pick. The team chose not to challenge its punishment.