The NFL has stayed very quiet in the fallout of the highly controversial NFC title game between the New Orleans Saints and eventual winner Los Angeles Rams. One of the loudest public cries has been for the NFL to re-do the game either entirely or from the point of the controversial pass interference play.
However, a recent report indicates that one huge factor preventing the league from even considering a replay of the game is the cost.
According to FOX, an NFL official said in a sworn affidavit that it would cost upwards of $100 million to replay the game due to the cost of delaying Super Bowl LIII.
NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said in a sworn affidavit that replaying the final minutes of last Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints because of a bad call could cost the NFL “more than $100 million” because it could mean delaying Super Bowl LIII.
The controversial play involved Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman hitting Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis as he was trying to catch a pass from Drew Brees on a key third down. No pass interference flag was thrown, though Saints head coach Sean Payton said afterwards that he was told it should have been.
The Saints wound up losing the game in overtime, with many viewers openly declaring that the team was robbed.
As for the NFL, aside from levying a fine against Robey-Coleman, the league has not made any public statements on the controversial call, let alone the outcome of the NFC title game.
Saints’ fans have since filed a lawsuit against the NFL.