On April 8, 2019, a group of New Orleans Saints responded to the NFL’s motion to dismiss the controversial no-call lawsuit. As you recall, a group of New Orleans Saints season ticket holders sued the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell with the goal of reversing the New Orleans Saints’ overtime playoff loss in the 2019 NFC championship game. According to their suit, Saints fans were “left bereft and with no faith in the National Football League for fairness despite the leagues own rules to correct such errors, along with emotional anguish, monetary loss for season ticket holders, who purchased tickets with the presumption of integrity and fairness.”

In their response to the NFL’s motion to dismiss, the fans claim that the NFL “failed miserably” in its self-proclaimed duty to maintain the integrity of the sport. According to the fans, the NFL “failed miserably to honor its duty and breached the fiduciary duty,” first by not calling the penalty, then by failing to have the game replayed to give the Saints a fair shot at the Super Bowl.” Further, according to the fans, “[t]his case is not about the subjective expectations of a ticketholder or the subjective elements of officiating … [t]his case is about the disregard for uncontroverted facts, objective expectations and a disregard for procedures to correct a patently unfair outcome.”