"Good of the league".
Basically the same as when you step down from a political position or plead guilty to spare your family the ordeal of proving your innocence . . .
I have nothing to go on but speculation, but initially indicating you're going to appeal, or taking steps to preserve that option, only to later abandon the planned appeal, is in no way inconsistent with veni's theory.
I could easily imagine a a phone call along the lines of, "Look, if you pursue the...