Saints caution Louisiana Supreme Court against potential impact of spectator lawsuits

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Frivolous lawsuits make strange bedfellows.

The Saints and the NFL have had a rocky relationship to say the least in recent years, starting with the bounty scandal and continuing with the badly-blown call at the end of regulation in the NFC Championship loss to the Rams. On the question of whether a ticket holder should be able to sue over the outcome of a sporting event, the Saints and the NFL are on the same page.

Whereas the NFL submitted a 34-page brief in support of the effort to persuade the Louisiana Supreme Court to pull the plug on a lawsuit that has survived to date in the lower courts, the Saints submitted a three-pages-and-change document echoing the league’s bottom-line concern that spectator lawsuits aren’t good for the bottom line.

“While the Saints appreciate the fervor and dedication of their deep and passionate fan-base, allowing such claims to proceed in court would open the door to countless legal claims brought by passionate sports fans that would inundate the courts and overburden sports leagues and their member teams, including the Saints,” the team’s brief explains. “Such endless litigation could also hinder efforts to bring other major sporting events to our state.”

That’s a good point. If Louisiana permits spectator lawsuits, sports leagues would be less inclined to stage major events, like the Super Bowl or the Final Four, at the Superdome.

Still, it’s not an easy balance for the Saints to strike between business considerations and fan loyalty.

“The Saints appreciate the fervor and dedication that this commitment engenders in their deep and passionate fan-base,” the team’s brief states in its conclusion. “The Saints appreciate that those fans are willing to take up what they may perceive to be the Saints’ cause. But taking up such a cause in this forum, in the courts, is not warranted, and is not in the Saints’ interests. The Saints should be the sole advocate of their interest in the fair conduct of the events in which they participate. Louisiana law is clear that non-participant spectators and even the most dedicated of fans may not take up that mantel.”

Later today, we’ll take a closer look at the specific arguments made by the plaintiffs and the NFL. The case has survived through multiple levels of the Louisiana court system for a reason; a dismissal at the highest judicial level in Louisiana should hardly be regarded as a slam-dunk proposition.

19 responses to “Saints caution Louisiana Supreme Court against potential impact of spectator lawsuits

  1. All well and good but people deserve a right to be heard and Nfl need to stand up and face the music once and a awhile. Time the bully gets punched in the mouth. 99% of us saints fans are over it. I am at least. But really would like to see Rodger answer some tough question under oath. That guy is a pure slim ball and needs to made to sweat alittle

  2. Remember Tim Donaghy – the crooked NBA ref? This Saints missed call was so obvious that how could there not be something more to the story? An investigation is warranted to ensure you don’t have rigged games or a rigged league. And i’m not even a Saints fan.

  3. Good for the Saints.
    This is what you get when LAWYERS see an opportunity to shake down/exploit a private company that has deep pockets.

  4. I haven’t seen it actually spelled out anywhere so I have to ask: What exactly is the legal foundation for this suit? You normally need to show you were personally damaged in some way so how would you show that in a case like this? That you were deprived the chance to see your team in the Super Bowl? (The Saints could probably show true monetary losses but not seeing how a fan could.) Or are they claiming one blown call equates to the game being rigged so they weren’t actually seeing a true sporting event?

  5. “…The Saints should be the sole advocate of their interest in the fair conduct of the events in which they participate. Louisiana law is clear that non-participant spectators and even the most dedicated of fans may not take up that mantel.”
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    If this law is clear then how did this case proceed to this point?

  6. Is Goodell afraid to have to say that they hint to refs that some players should be protected more then others for the good of the game? Or say something like it would be a better game if so and played each other. Why is he trying so hard not to answer questions?

  7. mattyork1972 says:
    August 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    All well and good but people deserve a right to be heard and Nfl need to stand up and face the music once and a awhile. Time the bully gets punched in the mouth. 99% of us saints fans are over it. I am at least. But really would like to see Rodger answer some tough question under oath. That guy is a pure slim ball and needs to made to sweat alittle
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    Yeah…you sound over it…

  8. Remember Tim Donaghy – the crooked NBA ref? This Saints missed call was so obvious that how could there not be something more to the story?
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    You mean, the same referee crew that missed the obvious facemask on Goff the series prior?

  9. granadafan says:
    August 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    Remember Tim Donaghy – the crooked NBA ref? This Saints missed call was so obvious that how could there not be something more to the story?
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    You mean, the same referee crew that missed the obvious facemask on Goff the series prior?

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    Yes. The very same one that missed obvious PI on Roby again on 3rd down the series before that. And the obvious hands to the face on Drew Brees’ OT INT. And the obvious holding on Michael Thomas on the same INT. Yes, in fact, that very same referee crew.

  10. spectators are just that — they observe but do not participate. They have no standing.

    The lawyers ask for $75 K if they win the case. I expect the NFL is going to generate more than that amount in defense lawyer fees (or value for attorney’s on staff). My question for Mike Florio is: Do the plaintiffs pay for NFL costs if they lose? What is the financial risk of filing this lawsuit?

  11. With sports gambling now being pursued by the various sports leagues, fans that lose money have a reason to sue in bad calls, even injuries that other teams inflict on their team impact winning or losing. Lawyers are thoroughly entrenched in our judicial system and since we have more than any other country, they need the income no matter whether they win or not.

  12. I am over it. But they also throw that intrigue of the shield around but dont stand up to anything when they are wrong. How was that not a black eye to the shield. Say what you want idc. All fans not just saints fans should be appalled at what transpired on that sunday afternoon. What would you have to say if it was your team your tune would be different im positive at that.

  13. 12brichandfamous says:
    August 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    spectators are just that — they observe but do not participate. They have no standing.
    The lawyers ask for $75 K if they win the case. I expect the NFL is going to generate more than that amount in defense lawyer fees (or value for attorney’s on staff). My question for Mike Florio is: Do the plaintiffs pay for NFL costs if they lose? What is the financial risk of filing this lawsuit?
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    To give a sense of what a drop in the bucket 75K is, what does Goodell make a year, 30 million?

    Assume Goodell has a 60 hour work week, that comes to 3,120 hours a year. 30 million divided by 3,120 = $9,615.38 per hour.

    So if Goodell spends 8 hours on this case, the cost of his time alone comes to more than $75K ($76,923.04).

  14. Sean Payton is looking for a scapegoat for his awful coaching prior to the missed interference call. Saints are whiners to the highest degree. They still had plenty of chances to win. Their defense couldn’t stop them and Brees threw a bad pick in overtime. Go ahead and take all future Super Bowls away from New Orleans as a host. Fair is fair

  15. I will guarantee you, there will be a movie made out of this.

    So even our next generations can witness the stupidity.

  16. Goodell sits in the ivory tower and speaks piously of the integrity of the game while exhibiting little himself. The Saints got nailed by the BountFarce penalties in spite of the league producing zero evidence of any injury or payment for injuring and he cowered during Super Bowl week before being forced to address this debacle. As a Saints fan I hope the suit fails, but I do want Goodell embarrassed and inconvenience by being dragged into court. That might sound petty and vindictive, and I’m okay with that.

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