NFL playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court

NFL playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court

In a legal filing, NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said replaying even a few minutes of the NFC championship game because of a missed passed interference call would force a delay for an event that demands an investment of "more than $100 million", the New Orleans Advocate reported.

The Rams won 26-23 and will meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday in Atlanta.

Gladstone Jones, a lawyer for the NFL, said at the hearing "the NFL gets it", but that the league rules in question were not meant for this situation.

Viewed by legal analysts as a wild longshot to succeed, the lawsuit seeks redress from the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell over the mental anguish, emotional trauma and economic loss the plaintiffs claim they suffered from the epic officiating debacle on January 20.

Those same four officials were the ones most responsible for the non-call on Nickell Robey-Coleman's early, helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis that was widely viewed as pass interference.

New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous "no call" during last weekend's Saints-Rams championship game. They added that fans have no "legally cognizable right" to ask any court to ask Goodell to act on an officiating mistake. Through two playoff games, he has completed 71.1 per cent of his passes for two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Out of all the refs during the NFC Championship game, Bill Vinovich's name is one that comes up the most since it was primarily his crew and he was the head referee who missed the most obvious pass interference call in league history.

"To our knowledge, no game has ever been replayed", the NFL's statement read.

According to Siclare, a demand by the plaintiffs for the league to issue full refunds to 72,475 ticket holders well exceeds that benchmark on its own, as the average ticket price for the game hovered around $230. Per Schefter's sources, the league admitted to the Saints that it "f-ed up the call". The NFL's argument, in relevant part, essentially states that officials are human and errors will happen, but that decisions made by referees on the field are final, and so Rule 17 does not actually allow for the commissioner to overturn the result of the game.

There appears to be no dispute that a penalty should have been called. Ashe recused himself because he's a Saints season ticket-holder, court records show.

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