A New Orleans personal-injury lawyer has filed a lawsuit over the controversial finish to Sunday’s Rams-Saints game.
Frank J. D’Amico Jr. says he “has been approached by numerous season ticket holders and members of the Who Dat Nation to take legal action” against commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL in hopes of having the game replayed.
D’Amico’s reasoning is Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3 of the NFL rule book, which gives the commissioner the authority to order a game be replayed in the case of “extraordinarily unfair acts.” The loophole was first pointed out by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. In fact, D’Amico’s press release features Florio’s article copied and pasted in full, without attribution.
ARTICLE 3. PENALTIES FOR UNFAIR ACTS
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 17-1-5–11, above. In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game video, and any other procedure the Commissioner deems appropriate.
This rule is being used as a law in a new lawsuit filed by New Orleans lawyer.