National Football League playoff 'do-over' lawsuit moved to federal court

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A longshot lawsuit aimed at a possible do-over of the NFC championship game is bogged down in a jurisdictional issue: whether it belongs in Louisiana state court or in federal court.

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.

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. Also, the Saints could have missed a field goal, giving the Rams a chance to win the game.

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 NFL publicly acknowledged on Sunday that its officiating crew blew a key call near the end of a controversial NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, but argued in federal court that authorities can not force the league to correct the error.

New Orleans attorney Frank D'Amico Jr., who filed the lawsuit, said in court Monday that his clients "are not asking for money damages".

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The play in question involved Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman hitting Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis early on a key third down play, preventing him from catching a ball from Drew Brees.

"We're still fighting hard to get Commissioner (Roger) Goodell to do the right thing", D'Amico said. The Rams had enough time on the clock to kick a field goal of their own to send the game to overtime. However, the NFL's lawyers argued that a court could not force Goodell to take those "corrective measures".

Edwards is calling on the National Football League to make rule changes for next season that would allow for expanding replay reviews.

"Overruling the Referee on the field and directing that a penalty be called is not within the Commissioner's discretion under NFL Rules 15, 17, or any rule", the document states. No one would even be talking about this if the officials would have gotten together and said that indeed there was pass interference.

The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan.

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