U.S. Congressman wants Roger Goodell to testify before an antitrust subcommittee

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Commissioner Roger Goodell probably shouldn’t worry about a lawsuit filed in New Orleans over the blown call at the end of the NFC Championship. Goodell probably should worry (at least a little bit) about another potential scenario for sworn testimony, sparked by a U.S. Representative from New Orleans.

“What the entire nation witnessed during this past weekend’s NFC Championship game was an upset as a result of an unfair penalty, and I join Saints players, coaches, and fans far and wide over this disappointment,” Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said in a statement. “The Saints should be on their way to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl. Instead, they are left with the memory of officials who failed to create an equal playing field and deprived them of that opportunity. Officials should not have the ability to determine the fate of a team who rightfully earned their place in NFL championship history.”

It’s one thing to express a concern, it’s another to specify action that can be taken in response to the concern. Richmond did.

“I have since spoken with colleagues on the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee about inviting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to answer some important questions about the unfair call against the Saints,” Richmond said, “a call that he has the jurisdiction to overturn. I stand with Saints owner Gayle Benson on the urgency and significance of having this issue addressed so that it does not happen again. The Saints got the short end of the stick, and I am proud to witness the strength of the franchise and the unswerving support of Who Dat Nation. I look forward to conveying these views to Mr. Goodell soon.”

While it would be easy to dismiss the statement as pandering to those who elected Richmond into office, it would be unwise to assume that every effort to compel Goodell to answer tough questions about how the NFL officiates games will automatically fail. As legalized gambling begins to proliferate, the NFL should be concerned that any given controversy could be the controversy that prompts Congress to conclude that the NFL isn’t capable of taking care of its own business — and that Congress should do it for the NFL.

More specifically, the league should fear the possible creation of a federal agency that would oversee the NFL, and possibly other pro sports. That’s the last thing the league would want, since it would remove from the league the exclusive authority to determine the league’s business, subject to the authority of no one.

153 responses to “U.S. Congressman wants Roger Goodell to testify before an antitrust subcommittee

  1. I thought there were some whiner teams in the league
    But my God nothing compares to N.O. Saints, they had every chance to
    over come it, including winning the toss in OT.
    You are just not good enough.

  2. We have enough problems in this divided country without Congress spending time contemplating legislative action against the NFL, because a certain congressman and his constituents are cheesed off over the outcome of an NFL game. How about getting to work on issues that affect our country instead?!

  3. Someone needs to remind these nitwits that the prerequisite for playing in the Super Bowl, is, you know, actually winning the game.

    At last check, “we could’ve won” or “we should’ve won” or “we would’ve won” doesn’t count.

  4. You gotta be kidding me. The Saints are acting like this is the first blown call in NFL history. Sure it did cost you a chance for the Bowl but if they call the facemask on the Saints down at the other end on the previous series that would have given the Rams first and goal and could have been a different story again. Get over it. Gayle Benson , now this guy. That’s embarrassing Saints fan.

  5. Rome is burning, and our illustrious leaders are worried about a football game.

    I hope they ask about the bogus PI calls the Saints received that were instrumental in them winning against the Steelers. Maybe we can start the playoffs over, the Steelers would be in with that win. Just being facetious on that part but not the original statement.

    I guess re-election bids are starting early in Louisiana.

  6. This is getting out of control. It’s enough already. The call was bad, but they got shut down in the second half. The should have never thrown the ball. They received the ball first in overtime. SP spent the rest of the game crying about the call instead of coaching. SM kept coaching and they won fair and square.

  7. The congressman should be more worried about the government shut down than this. There was multiple missed calls in the game. The Saints has a chance to win it and they lost.

  8. This was the first time in modern NFL history where a penalty–not calling it–actually affected the outcome of a game…and it’s no coincidence that something like this happened the first year Sports Betting became legal country wide…

  9. With the government being shut down for 33 days (and counting), I can’t think of a more pressing issue that this congressman should be dealing with. When you have American people working 40 hours a week and not getting paid, we need more politicians like this…ones that will put their time and effort into investigating important events, like an NFL game. As an American, this makes me proud.

  10. More specifically, the league should fear the possible creation of a federal agency that would oversee the NFL, and possibly other pro sports.
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    Government control over a private business is called Communism.

  11. What a bunch of goons. To take a blown call before a congressional sub committee because of fairness is poor stewardship of American tax revenue. The NFL is a privately owned entertainment business. There is no guarantee of fairness or equity in relation to the results of the game. Moreso there is no guarantee that getting that call right would have led to the Saints winning. Fumbles, botched snaps, missed field goals all could have happened independently of the call. This Congressman needs to lose his congressional seat on grounds of abuse of state and federal funds. What a disgrace.

  12. It’s funny how this particular incident has provoked so much angst as opposed to the numerous other times NFL refs either suddenly go blind or throw a ticky tacky flag to kill the momentum of a small market team playing one of the league’s chosen ones. The league got their Boston vs LA Super Bowl using its usual tactics.

  13. Wow. It’s over already. They are not going to go back in time and change the result of the game. Sean Payton is on the competition committee so I am sure it will be talked about. But to think Roger is going to stop what he is doing and go answer questions in NO is just not going to happen.

  14. And here we go! The very pinnacle of the NFL I’d invalid…I guarantee you there will be a steep decline in viewership of this year’s super bowl. It will be then that the NFL will realize the damage that’s been done.

    The NFL is a disgrace.

  15. This is a joke right? Terrible call but there are a ton of calls in a game that could make a difference. Also, lets not forget Sean Payton should have run the ball…Oh and the Saints had the ball in OT to win the game. Like jesus, terrible calls happen all the time, I bet the congressman wasnt even watching the game, he just wants his name out there.

  16. The perception of incompetent officiating is bad.

    The perception of biased officiating is potentially league-changing.

    Has Riveron or anyone else explained the lack of a call from two refs standing right next to the play?

  17. Stop. This is embarrassing, folks. It’s only a GAME

    Unfortunately, it’s a whole lot more than that now with states legalizing sports betting and fantasy betting. It’s all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$, plain and simple.

  18. Doesn’t congress have bigger issues to deal with????
    You know like getting the government running again???
    Idiots

  19. “All the NFL has to do is come clean and admit the game is staged and rigged! It’s entertainment like the WWE but masquerading as a competitive sport. Man up and suffer the consequences!”

  20. Where was the congressman, and all the media for that matter, in the hours and days after the refs allowed Eagles an illegal formation in their “Philly Special” Super Bowl TD? Too busy cheering.

  21. akira1971 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm
    Stop. This is embarrassing, folks. It’s only a GAME.

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    Game? Yeah. A $9B game. Any buyer of any product that gets said product as far short of what they pay for as this result was, would be terribly angry about this. They would call customer service and demand a replacement or a refund, at the very least. I am not a Saints fan, I am not a Rams fan. I couldn’t care less about either team. However, I am a fan that knows exactly how I would feel if this were my team. This is beyond a blown call. It sure looked like this was fixed… that there, that’s criminal.

  22. The blown call on a field goal in the giants-49ers game several years ago was much more impactful. How can they say the saints should be going not the rams? The saint still had possession to win plus another possession to win, but they didn’t.

  23. Your team wasn’t the first to lose because of a blown call and they won’t be the last. It happens, deal with it

  24. Atlantic City returned bets because they didn’t trust, in good faith, the validity of the outcome of the game.

    Talk about precedent. It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is, is because it wasn’t your team that got robbed.

  25. From top to bottom these reactions are over the top crazy.

    It appears a lot of folks lost way more money on this game than they had in their savings accounts. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

    Hurting fans? Really? Try pulling for Minny the past 45 years.
    NO got their ring and it did not come without some pretty senseless and highly questionable tactics. Ask Brett.

  26. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm
    This was the first time in modern NFL history where a penalty–not calling it–actually affected the outcome of a game…and it’s no coincidence that something like this happened the first year Sports Betting became legal country wide…
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    Sorry, but Eli “in the grasp” was the most egregious non-call in the the history of any sport at any time… EVER!!!!

  27. Congressman Richmond should get Sean Payton at that hearing. Maybe he can get answers as to why he repeatedly took out Drew Brees in the red zone so that Taysom Hill could play QB. Or ask him why he threw on 1st down (incomplete) allowing the clock to stop when the Rams only had 2 timeouts late in the game. And several other terrible coaching decisions that were the real culprit as to why the lost that game.

  28. I’m 100% sure the Rams or Saints didn’t want this to play out this way. We all know the Ram’s CB purposely committed a penalty on the Saints WR. He admitted it. The problem was created by the NFL officials not doing their job. We all know several officials witnessed that very obvious penalty. So why didn’t just one official throw a flag? That is what the Saints and their fans want to know. They know there won’t be a replay of the game and the Rams are still going to the SB. They just want answers. Why hate them for that?

  29. More specifically, the league should fear the possible creation of a federal agency that would oversee the NFL, and possibly other pro sports. That’s the last thing the league would want
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    That’s the last thing ANYONE should want! What on earth is going on in this country that anyone would even think something like that would be appropriate?

  30. How bout you get the Government open that is a little bigger than a bad call… pandering is so pathetic…

  31. This is a slap in the face to those experiencing REAL hardships due to the shutdown. Nobody died here this entire thing is past the point of absurd.

  32. This was the first time in modern NFL history where a penalty–not calling it–actually affected the outcome of a game…
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    In 2013 the Ravens lost to the Jaguars because Luke Jockel was not set on the line, Elvis Dumervil got flagged instead on a play that should have been blown dead because of Jockel and ran the clock out on the Jags, instead it allowed them to kick the game winning FG.

  33. No one talks about the series before when Goff was hit in the facemask. 1 and goal from the one… Rams woulda shoulda been up by 4 not 3… it got missed it happens get over it…

  34. “This was the first time in modern NFL history where a penalty–not calling it–actually affected the outcome of a game…”

    Are you new to watching the NFL? There are numerous non calls every single weekend of NFL games. You can argue not all of them effect a game, or you could argue that they usually offset, but there are certainly several games a year every year where a noncall effects the outcome.

  35. Wow. What a surprise. Another politician pouncing on an opportunity to grandstand. Who could possibly have seen that coming?

  36. This is very pathetic, a country that has more pressing matters to tend too and this fool thinks the outcome of a NFL game is more important.

  37. No worries. With the federal government in control a blown call will result in a shutdown of the league until a satisfactory ruling is agreed to…

  38. I don’t ever want to hear a Saints fan tell a fan of another team to stop complaining or whinning. Ever. Whatever sympathy I had for them is long gone after all this crying. The team lost. The team had other chances and blew those too. Drew Brees threw a pick. Enough.

  39. The saints didn’t lose because of that call. they still took the lead and got the ball fist and got the makeup call right before the batted tipped INT. grow up saints fans.

  40. Somewhere Sean Payton is smiling while he thinks “I’m sure glad that happened, now they won’t talk about my horrific coaching in the last two minutes that REALLY lost the game”

  41. I really object to taxpayer money being dedicated to reviewing an officiating error or lack of call in an NFL G A M. E !!! What an inappropriate congressional misuse of power! How many Americans are going to benefit from this committee and its findings. Sounds like a Billionaire’s Club type of action. New Orlean Saints Head Coach and Owner: game over, you lost, better luck next season. This persistent public Whine Fest is an embarrassment.

  42. Yea everyone is against New Orleans, the Saints are the only football team out of 31 others who haven’t lost a tough game on a blown no call? When the Raiders played during the tuck ruling, that was ok because it didn’t involve the Saints. Or a game you Saints fans should read about is the 1925 NFL Championship Game. This game is more controversial than the one you had with the Rams.

  43. Its not the refs, the coachs, or the players, its the NFL. The front office is the problem. Take away the NFLs tax exempt status. They can pay taxes just like the rest of us. And stop paying Goodall millions. He doesn’t do anything. And if they can afford to pay their office personnel millions, they can pay taxes.

  44. Millions of people are lashing out and you guys dismiss it by calling them crybabies and by saying that’s the way it goes – this was normal – get over it.

    Judging by the outcry that you all seem appalled by, you’re wrong. This isn’t normal and that explains the response. People who do not even watch sports now question if the game was fixed and the NFL has been stone cold silent. That ain’t normal.

  45. This is LONG overdue.

    This was an obvious missed call but I’m glad that finally someone is putting the NFL on notice. Nothing will come of this though, not only do owners own teams but also many special interest groups and it won’t be long before they influence this congressman. Anyone else notice over the past couple years teams with upcoming national TV games seem to win under controversy? In my opinion, the nfl and ultimately the owners are influencing the refs. The margin of winning and losing is very close, all of a sudden when a team loses a significant play or gains one based on a terrible call/no call, that can easily swing a game. Has Roger Goodell done anything other than make the NFL more “marketable” or exploited. The owners and the NFL will go to wherever they must to make a buck. The NFL today isn’t about football, it’s about making as much money as possible and with that attitude and subsequent actions/influences the NFL is nothing more than the WWE. Can’t wait for AAF and XFL too. I miss real football

  46. Dont like either team 1 bit but the game needs to be shut down and investigated, that was a clear screwjob.

  47. This has got to be a joke. All.Payton had to do.was run the football,and kill a lot of clock and that play would have never happened.Just as ridiculous as the Seahawks not giving Lynch the football on the half yardline in the Superbowl. The Saints blew it.Now they want PI to be a call a coach can challenge.The game has gone straight to the pits,not competitive anymore.Just not fun to watch anymore.

  48. Sure, this an example of pandering by an elected official. But who expects a the all mighty commissioner to testify truthfully. The NFL testified they had no proof yet he still fined a team and suspended a player. Doesn’t sound like an honest man to me.

  49. I love it, clean up the NFL. Everyone on here commenting has at some point complained about the commissioner. This isn’t about the Saints any longer, this is about holding the league accountable. The NFL has been allowed to run itself without question, without paying taxes and apparently there is now a valid reason for it to be fraudulent. I agree, the Saints are not getting their shot to the super bowl, it’s beyond that. If you can’t see past that too bad for you, but like I said we all have been complaining about the No Fun League right, we have all been complaining about the commissioner, well here is a reason to get him out and all I have read from the comments is about the Saints whining, quit complaining and look at the outcome.

  50. Maybe he should have Coach Payton testify as to why he didn’t just kill the clock and kick a game winning field goal, or Brees as to what he was thinking when the lobbed the ball up in the air ( Farve) in OT

  51. Yeah like the government ain’t got nothing better to do than listen to the New Orleans Saints fans and the New orlean people complain whine and cry because their team lost deservedly lost
    There were three facemask penalty not called against the Saints and a face mask to the quarterback Jared Goff while he was in the end zone. And at one point Drew Brees hadn’t snapped the ball yet time had run out and then he snapped the ball that was not called the play was allowed to stand that ended up in the Saints touchdown yeah you want to talk about crooked all agree with you there are crooked things in the NFL about how the NFL hierarchy has their picks and the rest were told to help him out the only difference is that was a real good interception Drew Brees thrown
    Maybe if the Saints City and fans want to go to the super bowl they are to find a better quarterback

  52. It was bad enough when sports sites wanted to talk politics, but now politicians want to be involved in making penalty calls in sports. Considering their incompetence fulfilling their duties now, I am pretty sure that given the chance they will screw up sports next.

  53. I think a better use of congressional resources would be to interrogate Sean Peyton and ask him why he didn’t run the ball with less than 2 minutes left in the game from the the 12 yard line.

  54. Every time the NFL messes up a game some politician looking for notoriety threatens with antitrust. This is nothing more than a politician doing whatever they can to get fans to stop bothering them with complaints and to take advantage of 10 seconds of fame.

  55. What will be interesting if the Congressmen can get the league communications to the referees prior to and during the game.

    League wants a team to succeed in the second largest media market and a team from that market makes the Super Bowl in large part due to a blown call.

    Is the NFL sports or sports entertainment? Need some transparency to prove the former and this might be a good way to get it, even if it is crying over spilled milk.

  56. Wait until every NFL team owner and most of the players start getting taxed at 70% rate like AOC and other politicians want.

    They will be pleading to sit in front of any Congressional committee to be heard.

  57. Same old comments about this rams facemask (the refs misssed about 7 calls against the rams including the most blatant in nfl history). No dog in the fight but the Saints were absolutely screwed out of that game. They game was over. It was won. Regardless of what happened in OT. They did what they needed to do to win the game. The refs didnt do their part. With that being said its probably in their best interest to move on. But, to say they all need to “get over it” is just an very unintelligent thing to say. You dont “get over” something like that. Move on for sure but what happened to that team and its fan base was wrong. Now, we have a super bowl with a team in it that shouldnt even be there. And, is anyone truly against Goodell having to answer some tough questions? This has been overdue for years.

  58. Perhaps the Rep who helps formulate new laws should look at the rules that exist:

    Section 2 Extraordinarily Unfair Acts
    COMMISSIONER AUTHORITY
    Article 1 The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which he deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.
    NO CLUB PROTESTS
    Article 2 The authority and measures provided for in this entire Section 2 do not constitute a protest machinery for NFL clubs to avail themselves of in the event a dispute arises over the result of a game. The investigation called for in this Section 2 will be conducted solely on the Commissioner’s initiative to review an act or occurrence that he deems so extraordinary or unfair that the result of the game in question would be inequitable to one of the participating teams. The Commissioner will not apply his authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.
    PENALTIES FOR UNFAIR ACTS
    Article 3 The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred. In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the procedures specified in Rule 17, Section 1, Articles 5 through 11, above. In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game videotape, and any other procedure he deems appropriate.

  59. There is a partial government shutdown and this is was congress wants to spend time on. Richmond may or may not want to end the shutdown. I really don’t know, but to spend money on a committee to question Roger Goodell on miss penalties is ridiculous. It sounds like he can legally questions Goodell based on antitrust laws, but makes me wonder if behind the book, this is an abuse of power and misappropriation of federal funds. Obviously it hasn’t occurred, so it’s all talk, but focus on getting the partial government shutdown over with.

  60. Just have him do a twitter testimony since it’s only the whiners on twitter that still care about this. After all this whining I’m glad the Saints lost.

  61. There were plenty of bad calls in both championship games. The non-call was awful, agreed. But the Saints won the toss in OT and Brees threw an INT. The Saints had a chance to put it away – the non-call wasn’t the end of the game. These things happen.

    I’ve heard it said by players and coaches about a million times this week: if you don’t put yourself in a position where bad calls effect the game, they won’t matter. NO blew a lead and then couldn’t put the game away when they had the chance.

  62. frk49rs says:
    January 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm
    No one talks about the series before when Goff was hit in the facemask. 1 and goal from the one… Rams woulda shoulda been up by 4 not 3… it got missed it happens get over it…
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    LOL- NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT!?!?!?!?!?!? Everyone is talking about it! I’ve seen at least a hundred posts/memes/gifs/tweets about the face mask non-call.

    There is a difference between a non-call that affects a game and a non-call that decides a game.

    Put it this way, if both calls are made right, the Saints have a first and goal with 2 minutes left down 4. Still a decent chance they win.

    If the PI call is made properly, the Saints are in the Super Bowl. You can deflect all you want, but at the end of the day, that’s the reality.

  63. They should put the refs under oath to see who instructed them not to call anything during the game. Someone had to instruct them to.

  64. Where were these holier than though people when Goodell went after Brady and the Patriots over the phony Deflategate Scanadal dreamt up by owners to pay Pats back for excellence.By now the league and Goodell KNOW FOR SURE that the cold weather was the culprit in this fiasco.They have not realeased stats they have gathered since and you know they have looked into it to try and justify their action.THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT. They will never admit but it is true.Bob Kraft warned other owners that it will be their trun in future as a result of league mismanagement or bias.I have no sympathy for other owners.GO PATS GO,SB53.Just another routine appearance.

  65. endtimesparty says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:03 am
    No one is going to accept a Rams championship. Patriots better win.
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    If refs wanted Rams to win or Saints to lose it would’ve been a pattern throughout the game. The Tommylee Lewis hit was a blown call by a ref that wasn’t paying close enough attention. How video replay is used can prevent future mistakes but nothing was available to correct this one. Patriots don’t belong in the SB either after the bogus roughing the passer call that prolonged Brady’s TD drive.

  66. Complaining about a “Bogus roughing the passer call” on TB12???? On that same play , Edelman was manhandled without a P.I. call, everyone watching the game thought the flag was for that !
    Go Pats beat LA, just like the Red Sox did!

  67. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm
    Atlantic City returned bets because they didn’t trust, in good faith, the validity of the outcome of the game.

    Talk about precedent. It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is, is because it wasn’t your team that got robbed.
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    I feel your pain, the rest of the NFL was around in 09 so they got to see the Saints win undeservedly, but as you state there will be no asterisk next to the Rams win!

  68. On the other hand, if we keep them busy ruining our sacred pointy ball game, they’ll stop ruining other stuff for a while.

  69. Atlantic City refunded bets…

    NFL is a disgrace and now they’ve got an illegitimate super bowl on their hands.

  70. Hey congressman while you’re at it, lets have these guys testify too.

    Sean Payton – Please ask him why he didn’t run the ball 3 times to leave the Rams very little time to tie the game as most coaches with a brain would do?

    The Saints defense – ask them why after leading by 3 twice in the 4th quarter they allowed the Rams to tie the game, and then followed that up by allowing them to score in over time.

  71. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 24, 2019 at 10:53 am
    Atlantic City refunded bets…

    NFL is a disgrace and now they’ve got an illegitimate super bowl on their hands.
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    Only now, huh? Not the countless other teams who actually got robbed on final plays in the playoffs and didn’t choke when they still had chances to win, huh? Just the Saints… all of a sudden, huh?

  72. I’m a Saints fan. I’m not happy about the situation but I accept it. For those Vikings fans I would say you were in the same situation nine years ago. It’s not a question of winning or losing it’s a question of league integrity. Are they purposefully manipulating games by using the officials to give teams an advantage? Are they perpetuating a fraud? Are they gifting opportunities to championships to teams that invest billions in new stadiums and freezing out team’s in areas that are too economically challenged to do so? Those are questions I have.

  73. I’ll fix the sentence in this article here… “…it would remove from the league the exclusive authority to determine the **outcome of the games in the age of legalized gambling, further enhancing the NFL owners’ and Commissioner’s ability to make some serious cash***”.

  74. FORGET THE LAWSUIT OVER THE SAINTS CALL…

    Investigate the practice of Extortion for Public Funded Stadiums tied to the threat of franchises abandoning cities.

    The NFL endorses owners ability to hold cities/states hostage to build their For-Profit Stadiums. It’s disgusting and needs to be ended. The NFL can afford to privately fund these projects, but instead they opt to essentially extort from Public Funds from municipalities that often can’t afford to do so.

    The Public is literally being robbed by the NFL.

  75. There’s only one consistency to all professional sports, and that is the incessant conspiracy theories that the officiating is biased against any fan’s team.

    Officiating errors frequently balance out over 60 minutes of play. It did in this case, the Rams were the better team. But I get it, there’s a need to vent after a close game. If you really feel that strongly, show up in Atlanta wearing Saints jerseys, and boo. I doubt you’ll do it, but I already had tickets to the SB. If I felt my team was jobbed, I would have rooted against the Saints while wearing my vintage Flipper Anderson jersey.

  76. Have to say the Saints and their fanbase have now taken the mantle of most hated. I understand Patriot hate bc it’s based on jealousy, and I understand Cowboy hate bc most of their fans are fake. But I wouldn’t classify any of that as psychotic. Saints fans are clearly complete psycopaths.

    As an Eagles fan, we had to endure 3 championship game losses in a row. Sure we were screaming to fire the coach, but my God we weren’t trying to take the NFL to court over Ricky Manning mauling our receivers all game. We weren’t digging into the rule book to replay the game. We weren’t filing lawsuits trying to sue the NFL. My God we got over it.

    Do they even have any idea what they are doing and how they are acting??? Yes, now the most hated fans in the league. Stay classy, N.O.

  77. Cedric Richmond should be ashamed of this garbage.

    It was a terrible non-call. It happens to every single sports teams in existence at one point or another and it will happen again. It sucks, its not fair, but its life.

    Move on.

  78. cnuterockne says:
    January 24, 2019 at 11:01 am
    Can Chiefs fans get in on this?

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    I suppose any fan base thats mad over a loss could do this. But also thats the problem with this as precedent.

  79. Because there were rules on what could and could not be reviewed, the play in question could not be reviewed and that is what the NFL is standing by. However since there is also a Rule 17 by which it could qualify under is why so many people want to hear the position of the NFL. Roger Goodell has been in hiding for 4 days now without making a statement or providing an explanation on this rule. If the rule wasn’t there, I sincerely doubt you would see the lawsuits and now the request for a congressional hearing. Goodell could have resolved this very quickly if he would have made a statement on Monday. Is there a risk of legal issues by any statement that he would make? Goodell should be held just as much accountable as the referee’s who did not do their job. All NFL fans and the media should be demanding an immediate explanation.

  80. sylvester000001 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 11:31 am
    Have to say the Saints and their fanbase have now taken the mantle of most hated. I understand Patriot hate bc it’s based on jealousy, and I understand Cowboy hate bc most of their fans are fake. But I wouldn’t classify any of that as psychotic. Saints fans are clearly complete psycopaths.
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    Giants own the Patriots. Nothing to be jealous of.

    The rest of the fans see the cheating and paid off refs and hate the Patriots.

    Literally NO ONE is jealous of that team.

  81. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 11:49 am
    sylvester000001 says:
    January 24, 2019 at 11:31 am
    Have to say the Saints and their fanbase have now taken the mantle of most hated. I understand Patriot hate bc it’s based on jealousy, and I understand Cowboy hate bc most of their fans are fake. But I wouldn’t classify any of that as psychotic. Saints fans are clearly complete psycopaths.
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    Giants own the Patriots. Nothing to be jealous of.

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    An irrelevant team that hasn’t beaten the back to back to back AFC Champ Patriots in over 7 years doesn’t own jack.

    Carry on.

  82. Yes Congress has more pressing matters. But I’m not going to hate on anything that makes Goodell squirm. 🙂

  83. The NFL is Sports ENTERTAINMENT. Being “entertainment,” the league is legally entitled to do what is needed to entertain their audience, such as the creation and promotion of certain “storylines.” Despite arguments to the contrary, this makes the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL on par with Roller Derby and Professional Wrestling.

    Drama, superstars, continuously winning teams create $$$$, keep those in the limelight, you keep increasing profits.

  84. Goodell always believes those refs when they miss easy calls and lie and say “We didn’t see it, human error”.

    Well, I wish we can set something up for Goodell to teach him a lesson. During the Draft Picks, Goodell be on LIVE TV, standing on the stage in front of about 6 police officers and about 40,000 fans. And somebody needs walk up on the stage and knock Goodell out with a baseball bat or something. And everyone watching on TV will see it, all the 40,000 fans will see it, and the cops will see it. but the cops can act like they didn’t see it. And Goodell looks around at all 6 Police Officers and wondering why they’re not moving & do him nothing. And the cops can lie and say “Oh, we didn’t see him. Human error”. He’ll try to report the cops, and their supervisors say “Nothing we can do. They gotta see them”. Goodell will learn a lesson, to stop believing those lying refs.

  85. Watch Goodel spin this by turning everyone’s attention to the KC Game and talk about Edelman touching the football and the injustice of that Call being overturned.

    Then to make himself out to be a hero he will mention that the NFL will crack down on
    Fans who use Lasers during the Game. Goodel will not mention that extra security for Laser use will not take effect until after the SB.

  86. In 1939, Cornell won the national college football championship. This was an era in which Cornell’s team thrashed Syracuse, Ohio State, Penn State, Army, etc. During the 1940 season, while watching films of a previous game, the Cornell team discovered that the refs had erroneously given them a fifth down which they used to defeat the opposing team. So, of course, Cornell insisted on forfeiting the game. Would Los Angeles consider this route?

    I don’t think conceding a game in this manner, at this high level of college competition, had happened before or has happened since since 1940. Considering that World War II was under way and football players would soon be engaged in and dying in combat, football games were probably not as big a deal back then. Today, money trumps every other consideration (at both pro and school levels). But it wasn’t always this way; not everywhere.

  87. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm
    Atlantic City returned bets because they didn’t trust, in good faith, the validity of the outcome of the game.

    Talk about precedent. It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is, is because it wasn’t your team that got robbed.

    Your team didnt get robbed. They panicked and lost focus after the non call and stopped playing, thereby proving they didnt deserve to go to the SB.Plenty of opportunity to still win.

  88. I’m not a Saints fan and really don’t care about this but come on man that was definitely a blatant pass interference and they should be mad about it. Sucks they got robbed.

  89. The NFL is bringing all of this on themselves with their arrogant “no comment, we don’t you an explanation!” approach to this controversy.

    This story would be in a different place four days into the issue had they responded with “the league is committed to the integrity of its on-field product and will be examining this issue and take necessary measures to improve officiating.”

    Instead, by saying nothing they are giving Saints fans an opportunity to promote conspiracy theories (four refs were from Southern California, one used to play for the Rams, the game was rigged to cement the Rams in the LA market, etc.)

    Here’s a remedy that would work for many Saints fans: Since Sean Payton was suspended for a year for “hurting the integrity of the game” why not announce a suspension of one year for the officials from that travesty that definitely impacted the integrity of a game? Now that would be proactive.

    Certainly even Rams fans could endorse that since they’ve been whining about the non-facemask call on Goff (but I notice they don’t mention the helmet-to-helmet hits delivered to Josh Hill and Alvin Kamara by their LB Littleton). Even they think the officials sucked.

    Instead the NFL hunkers down and hopes it will blow over……Idiots!!

  90. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm
    Atlantic City returned bets because they didn’t trust, in good faith, the validity of the outcome of the game.

    Talk about precedent. It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is, is because it wasn’t your team that got robbed.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Now just remember there will be no asterisk next to the Rams win!!

  91. The COngressman misspoke. It is not an unfair penalty at all. It is a penalty that was not called and that is of course unfair. However, should we strip Seattle of its Super Bowl win because they committed a bunch of defensive holding penalties all season (Jimmy Graham was held so frequently that he got only a single catch in the playoff game against Seattle)?

  92. They’re absolutely 100% correct. The blown call did impact the game. If that facemasking penalty would have been correctly called, then the Rams would have had a 1st down on the 1 yard line.

  93. I agree, the Saints had other opportunities to seal the game but the Rams stopped them. I also read on here there’s a rumor the two refs that didn’t call the penalty were from L.A. Couldn’t hurt to ask Goodell if that’s actually true.

  94. What. A. Joke.

    There are reasons to put an anti-trust lens up the the NFL. This is not remotely one of them. And even the implication of Congressional action in this vein is an abuse of power.

  95. I was neutral on the NFC championship but the non calls on multiple Ram PI plays was atrocious. I’m not watching the Super Bowl this year.

  96. Pulledgroin says:
    January 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    The NFL is bringing all of this on themselves with their arrogant “no comment, we don’t you an explanation!” approach to this controversy.

    This story would be in a different place four days into the issue had they responded with “the league is committed to the integrity of its on-field product and will be examining this issue and take necessary measures to improve officiating.”

    Instead, by saying nothing they are giving Saints fans an opportunity to promote conspiracy theories (four refs were from Southern California, one used to play for the Rams, the game was rigged to cement the Rams in the LA market, etc.)

    Here’s a remedy that would work for many Saints fans: Since Sean Payton was suspended for a year for “hurting the integrity of the game” why not announce a suspension of one year for the officials from that travesty that definitely impacted the integrity of a game? Now that would be proactive.

    Certainly even Rams fans could endorse that since they’ve been whining about the non-facemask call on Goff (but I notice they don’t mention the helmet-to-helmet hits delivered to Josh Hill and Alvin Kamara by their LB Littleton). Even they think the officials sucked.

    Instead the NFL hunkers down and hopes it will blow over……Idiots!!
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    Rams fans and everyone else aren’t “whining.”

    It is what happened, and it had a direct impact on that drive and how the rest of the game would be played.

    And now you attempt to dredge up calls/non-calls from the rest of the game. You’re digging yourself a hole that won’t do anything but counter whatever it is you’re TRYING here.

    So stop.

  97. defscottyb says:
    January 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    I’m not a Saints fan and really don’t care about this but come on man that was definitely a blatant pass interference and they should be mad about it. Sucks they got robbed.
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    You sound like a Saints fan to me.

    Did the game end thereafter?

    Did the Saints have a chance to stop the Rams offense from tying the game?

    Did the Saints get the ball first in OT and Brees the fraud subsequently threw an INT?

    They weren’t robbed by anyone but their arrogant (for no founded reason) head coach.

  98. How does the anti-trust subcommittee choose its oversight priorities? We have many of our most important industries controlled by very few corporations to the extent that competition is almost non-existent: cable, TV and radio broadcasting, newspapers, oil, gas , critical agricultural inputs (seed, potash, phosphates, genetics, etc.), manufacturing, food processing, you name it.

    But rather than break up those trusts, cartels, and oligopolies that really matter, Congress ignores all of that and goes after a sports monopoly about the rules of a game and how those are enforced?

  99. Is this really about football? Is it about LA, would you be so mad if they were the STL Rams? I think this has to do with Blue State/Sanctuary City/Mexicans/relocation what do you all think?

  100. Wright 212- that’s an inaccurate screen name. Btw Brees was hit in the head on the int. Did he whine about it? Did they complain when the Rams headshot knocked out the TE. ? The issue here, which you could see if you cared, is that by his admission the Rams player committed a deliberate, intentional foul, not attempting to make a play and accidentally fouling, with the intent of hurting the player by striking him in the head. There’s supposed to be a difference, or maybe you didn’t know that.

  101. He should have been called on destruction of evidence (obstruction of justice) when he destroyed all the evidence subsequent to the congressional probe over spygate. He was best buds with RK at that point.

  102. “jman967 says: What a bunch of goons. To take a blown call before a congressional sub committee because of fairness is poor stewardship of American tax revenue. The NFL is a privately owned entertainment business. There is no guarantee of fairness or equity in relation to the results of the game…”

    While I agree with most of the posting on here about how ridiculous this is, I believe the entire point of this article is to show that maybe the NFL WON’T BE PRIVATELY OWNED FOR LONG!!

    All it will take is a judge to see that thousands of people were “extorted” millions of dollars that otherwise could have been prevented by some simple measures.

    I don’t believe the things I just said, I am just pointing out that the article is saying we could be going down the path towards something like this.

    When NFL/players make thousands/hundreds of thousands of dollars no one cares…switch that to millions/billions of dollars, all of a sudden things change.

  103. thdsalamon says:
    January 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    boisestatewhodat says:
    January 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm
    Atlantic City returned bets because they didn’t trust, in good faith, the validity of the outcome of the game.

    Talk about precedent. It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is, is because it wasn’t your team that got robbed.”

    This is very close but not quite right! It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is is because it wasn’t YOUR MONEY!!! (not team)

  104. If this congressional clown is serious and actually gets Roger Goodell to come to Washington to answer his idiotic questions – the full House should issue a censure of this kind of frivolous activity and abuse of power and make the congressman pay any and all expenses incurred by the Commissioner.

  105. sylvester000001 says:

    January 24, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Have to say the Saints and their fanbase have now taken the mantle of most hated. I understand Patriot hate bc it’s based on jealousy, and I understand Cowboy hate bc most of their fans are fake. But I wouldn’t classify any of that as psychotic. Saints fans are clearly complete psycopaths.

    As an Eagles fan, we had to endure 3 championship game losses in a row. Sure we were screaming to fire the coach, but my God we weren’t trying to take the NFL to court over Ricky Manning mauling our receivers all game. We weren’t digging into the rule book to replay the game. We weren’t filing lawsuits trying to sue the NFL. My God we got over it.

    Do they even have any idea what they are doing and how they are acting??? Yes, now the most hated fans in the league. Stay classy, N.O.
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    That’s because Eagles fans can’t read.

    Learn to breathe out your nose; until then, no one cares what you think.

  106. Simple solution, all owners ought to pay for their own stadiums along with access roads etc with out taxpayer funds. Problem solved.

    If taxpayer money is involved, then the government needs to get involved.

  107. To the poster above: Nope, I’m not a Saints fan (Skins fan) Blatant pass interference and they got robbed. Would have been 1st and goal, run it 3 times and kick fg to win.

  108. Unfortunately I’m a Bills fan. So I have no dog in this race. But it’s exhausting hearing that the Saints “still could’ve won as they won the coin toss & failed in OT.” That pass interference no-call was so egregious & so obnoxiously obvious that it is a football crime there was no flag. If that flag get thrown it’s 1st down Saints around the 10yd line with 1:49 remaining & the Rams sitting on only 1 timeout.

    So maybe a 1st or 2nd down touchdown. But certainly a chip shot FG attempt leaving the Rams no time to respond. Yes Lutz could miss, we could see a block or a block returned for a Rams TD.

    Point being who cares if the Saints didn’t get it done in OT. The game never should’ve went to OT, & I’m comfortable saying there’s a 95% chance Lutz ends this game as time expires. This wasn’t a week #6 game. Winner goes to the dance. Millions & millions of dollars changed course in all kinds of different ways….Vegas, the LA market & economy, the Louisiana market & economy. And I’m sure countless players lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives & bonuses.

    This no-call altered NFL history. And oh yah….GO BILLS!!!

  109. I guess it’s also Rogers fault the defense let them March down the field to kick the the game winner.

  110. Wayne Rice says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    I was neutral on the NFC championship but the non calls on multiple Ram PI plays was atrocious. I’m not watching the Super Bowl this year.

    ===========================

    good. bye, felicia.

  111. Rams say that they were cheated out of a face mask call. Dean Blandino, former head of referees, stated that it was a good no call since Goff’s face mask was not grabbed, twisted, or pulled. It was more of an incidental contact which is not a penalty. Might want to check the replay again.

    Also, when the Rams intercepted Bree’s in overtime, pass interference or defensive holding should have been called on Johnson as he was holding Michale Thomas and then pushed off to make the interception. Another gift.

    Bottom line is this – everyone knows, even the gutless Commissioner, that the Saints would have most likely won the game based on the amount of time lets on the clock if the penalty was called. If you don’t then maybe this needs to happen to your team if they make it to a Championship Game to know what the feeling is like. Yes there are bad calls all the time, but when it happens in the Championship game, it hurts when the wrong team gets to go to the Super Bowl.

  112. They know there won’t be a replay of the game and the Rams are still going to the SB. They just want answers.
    )))))))))))))))))))

    NFL will state the refs missed the call. There is your answer can we stop with this already? Accept it like the other teams that got screwed.

    The Vikings got a letter from the NFL saying during the play which there was an INT in OT. The refs missed a roughing the passer on Favre . The NFL could have added the DPI in OT on 3rd down was bogus too which ended the game with a FG. But if they call a roughing penalty move the Vikings closer and they kick a FG no OT.

  113. First of all the NFL is classified as Entertainment and not sports so it cannot be sued or compelled to testify.
    Secondly the NFL is rigged so one thing is for sure, Vegas and the NFL don’t lose (you just have to make sure you bet the side that makes the most money for Vegas)

  114. What Florio said about an agency is long overdue in sports. The days of the NFL policing itself need to be over.

  115. jbsptfn says:
    January 28, 2019 at 10:44 am
    What Florio said about an agency is long overdue in sports. The days of the NFL policing itself need to be over.

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    Remember this — Florio is a lawyer. Lawyers are professional liars who go to college to learn a different language than the rest of us speak (“Legalese”) and to learn how to twist the truth.

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