The Latest: Attorney’s next move unclear in NFC do-over case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge’s rejection of a lawsuit seeking a possible rescheduling of the NFC championship game because of officials’ failure to call key penalties (all times local):
An attorney for two New Orleans Saints season ticketholders says he’ll continue to pursue legal action arising from officials’ failure to call penalties on a crucial play in the Jan. 20 NFC championship game.
But attorney Frank D’Amico did not detail his next steps in a statement issued Thursday evening. And he gave no indication he would appeal a federal judge’s refusal to issue an order that could have led to a full or partial do-over of the game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams won the game in overtime. They play the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
D’Amico said unresolved issues include Saints’ season ticketholders’ rights to purchase Super Bowl tickets at face value “to see the Saints play in that game.”
A federal judge is refusing to order the NFL to implement a rule that could have led to a do-over of the NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.
U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Thursday rejected arguments by two Saints season ticket holders who filed suit against the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell. At issue was game officials’ failure to call interference or roughness penalties against a Rams player at a key point in the final minutes of regulation play.
The Rams went on to win. They play the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.
The lawsuit argued that the league should invoke a rule allowing Goodell to order a redo of the game due to “extraordinarily unfair acts.”