National Football League replay lawsuit moves forward

A billboard protesting the controversial call in Sunday's NFC championship game stands along Interstate 75 near Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. WDSU-TV reported that a Louisiana car dealership owner paid for 10 billboards across Atl

National Football League replay lawsuit moves forward

"Why is the rule there if it's not going to be implemented?" asked attorney Frank D'Amico, who filed the suit in state Civil District Court in New Orleans on behalf of Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert. But now we have an inside look the situation thanks to some court filings.

The Saints star arrived at the Pro Bowl with a T-shirt bearing two messages: "Blow whistles not games" and "Make calls not apologies". The Rams had their send-off rally on Sunday at their new stadium site in Inglewood, and some Saints players (not to mention Saints fans) may think it should be their team having a rally with their fans instead.

Gladstone Jones, a New Orleans-based lawyer for the league, emerged from the judge's chambers at around 6:30 p.m. and said there was no news to report.

The league cited a federal law that allows a defendant to automatically remove a state class-action lawsuit to federal court when the parties are from different states and the amount of the damages sought by the plaintiffs exceeds $5 million. While the National Football League isn't going to change the result, publicly admitting a mistake could go a long way toward appeasing fans, especially in New Orleans. The Rams had enough time on the clock to kick a field goal of their own to send the game to overtime. The Chiefs and their dominant offense marched right back down the field to take the lead right back on Williams' third touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game. However, the NFL's lawyers argued that a court could not force Goodell to take those "corrective measures". According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, there is "concern around the NFL" about the manner in which the league handled the referee assignments for the game.

The league claims that Rule 17 doesn't apply to judgment calls by referees on the field, and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell couldn't have ordered a penalty on the controversial play if he wanted to.

It's impossible to tell when the Saints will get over the egregious and now infamous no-call on the blatant pass interference on wide receiver Tommylee Lewis.

US District Judge Susie Morgan has heard initial arguments and both sides have now entered into talks.

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