While I agree that it probably wouldn't have a made a whole lot of difference in the playoff game with the Colts I'm not so sure that is the point.
Cheating is cheating and if the league perceives it that way then there must be some kind of consequence. If not then why have rules at all?
Tom Brady Suspended Four Games For DeflateGate; Patriots Docked Draft Picks, Fined $1 Million
BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots will kick off the NFL’s 2015 season on Thursday, September 10 at Gillette Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the night they are also scheduled to raise their Super Bowl XLIX banner. However, quarterback Tom Brady won’t be the one taking snaps under center in that game.The NFL hasn't had a real good year in the media as far as integrity goes what with all the domestic abuse allegations and a perceived failure to address it. Even though the NFL's primary business is football. The concussion settlement and the failure to place an openly gay player regardless of his abilities to play the game.
On Monday, the league announced that Tom Brady has been suspended four games.
In addition, the Patriots will have a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017 taken away. The team will also be fined $1 million.
“We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others,” NFL commisisoner Roger Goodell said. “We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report.”~snip~
But in this instance they have every right to enforce the rules and should. Otherwise the game could go the way of professional wrestling.