The six game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence was reinstated Thursday afternoon. The 5th Circuit's decision says that Elliott and the NFLPA filed their lawsuit prematurely, going against the league's collective bargaining agreement. Elliott can not show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling. Henderson later sided with the National Football League, upholding Elliott's six-game suspension. Elliott can not show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling.
The NFL filed in the NY court because it is the home of league headquarters and was the site of Elliott's appeal hearing with Henderson. "As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies".
To get the background story on the entire Elliott case, check out The Latest On The Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Suspension. So the league also took its motion to the 5th Circuit appellate court as a backup plan, claiming Mazzant lacked jurisdiction. The NFL filed in NY and they thought this would help them win this case having it away from Elliott's home state of Texas. League-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson rejected the NFL Players Association's appeal on Elliott's behalf and upheld the suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the sport's personal conduct policy. In that scenario, you're thrown back to square one and the only place this could be heard now is in the southern district of NY, which is the court that Zeke and Elliott's people definitely wanted to avoid. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court.
Previous NFL cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY are a mixed bag.