It's extremely unusual for one court to overturn something only for a higher court to then overturn that, no? Like someone posted on Twitter the NFL got to choose the venue and STILL lost this one just like they lose pretty much every time they go to court since repeatedly going around their own stated guidelines isn't looked on kindly by courts.
What's extremely unusual is for a court to overturn the decision of an arbitrator. While I haven't read the decision, the NFL I believe argued that the NFL's disciplinary process is legally the same thing as an arbitration, but I don't know whether the judge accepted that premise.
As for losing in the venue that the NFL chose, it's not as significant one way or the other as some are making it out to be. The NFL chose the venue, probably because they wanted to avoid a specific judge in Minnesota who tends to side with the players (but who also frequently gets reversed). There are something like 20 judges in the particular court where the case was heard, and the judge that gets assigned is picked at random.
EDIT: NFL filed its notice of appeal, but didn't seek a stay and nothing that indicates they want an expedited briefing schedule. So Brady is playing the entire season.
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