Michael McCann is a legal analyst and writer for Sports Illustrated and the founding director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI) at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he is also a tenured professor of law.
The NASL was denied a preliminary injunction that would allow the league to operate as a Division II circuit in U.S. Soccer, and it seeks a more favorable outcome as it turns to the familiar U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The Second Circuit has granted Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott an administrative stay, which prevents the NFL from imposing the suspension while the appeal is ongoing. This doesn't guarantee that Elliott will win the appeal—it just allows Elliott, out of fairness, to play during the review. But delaying the suspension could backfire.