According to Mike Pereira, Vice President of Officiating for the NFL, the NFL will use new procedures for the inflation and proper maintenance of footballs.
The new procedure requires 24 footballs, 12 primary and 12 backup, to be numbered and inflated to 13 psi before games. All 24 balls will be measured after each game is concluded to determine any difference in air pressure. In certain games, primary balls will be used for the first half and the backups for the second.
At first sight, the new policy shows that the NFL is taking a more control of game balls and attempting to prevent balls from deflating. The NFL's policy is much more than that, its a science experiment. The league is attempting the check the air pressure of footballs in games in order to determine if the weather has any effect.
Before now, the league has not given much information to coaches and players regarding the air pressure of footballs. Furthermore, Bill Belichick, who has been in the league since 1975, was dumbfounded about the air pressure of footballs back in early January when Deflategate came to fruition.
One of the Patriots main complaints throughout Deflategate is that the weather had a significant effect on the air pressure of footballs. The Wells Report did not have any science to back that, it was throughly based off of interpretations of text messages. Point is, the Wells Report had no scientific backing, that is where the NFL's new ball handling policy comes into play.
The NFL suspended Tom Brady without any evidence pertaining to the Ideal Gas Law, which is an enormous piece of information in the Deflategate case. If all goes according to plan the NFL will have information from 332 footballs from preseason, regular, and postseason footballs. Now the NFL will be able to measure balls in a professional manner and they will not use two different pumps, which were used in the AFC Championship game. On top of that, the NFL did not measure the same balls pregame and at halftime making the data from the Wells Report useless.
The NFL's policy hinges on the deflation rate of footballs during games. If the footballs do not deflate in different weather conditions, then Goodell and the NFL front office look like heroes. If the balls do deflate, then the NFL has a problem.
Even if the NFL does receive the proof it needs there is no way they can replicate the weather conditions from the AFC Championship game. Towards the end of season in the northeast balls could be deflated below 12.5 psi. On the other hand, in the southwest could be inflated above 13.5 psi. Point is, the NFL will never get a clear answer.
Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL front office are flirting with disaster because they have no definitive scientific proof. Deflategate is based off of a hunch with no real scientific data to back it (Mike Kensil is to blame for that).
The NFL and NFLPA had been in recent talks to settle Tom Brady's suspension in order to make sure that he "agrees" to the punishment, in case the study goes awry.
The NFL has no proof to suspend Tom Brady, that is why the majority of new information has been leaked this past week, including the NFL's lie about the pressure of game balls in the AFC Championship. Despite the information, the majority of the public still see the Patriots and Tom Brady as cheaters based on false information. The publics perception needs to change immediately as more information is released by the NFL and ESPN. Deflategate is a scam to destroy the Patriots and Tom Brady's reputation based off of a hunch. The NFL and Roger Goodell need to pay for their colossal failure and free Tom Brady.