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#Catbox: Here’s a totally plausible scenario that could play out with the New Orleans Saints lawsuit

The Saints season ticket holders are suing the NFL for a replay. Seems crazy right? Maybe not.

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So. Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you’d know that the New Orleans Saintsseason ticket holders are levying a lawsuit following a controversial missed penalty by the referees.

The ultimate goal of said lawsuit is to try and get the NFL to replay the game from the snap. However, there’s not really much of a chance of that, as the Canal Street Chronicles entailed. Here’s the excerpt that basically blows up any possibility of that happening.

At first glance, this looks very promising. And, of course, the media and social media were all over it. But notice that Florio omitted any reference to Article 2, the one right between Article 1 and Article 3. What does Article 2 say? It says: “The authority and measures provided for in this entire Section 2 do not constitute a protest machinery for NFL clubs to avail themselves of in the event a dispute arises over the result of a game...The Commissioner will not apply authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.”

Darn. Getting that game replayed as the Saints would have undoubtedly been in position to win the game, tough one to swallow, right? Wrong. Because where there’s a lawsuit, there’s money involved. To examine a totally plausible and not at all biased scenario, I broke down some numbers. Here’s what I came up with;

  • Per The Advocate, the average price of a season ticket ranged between $3,080 and $390 per 2017 season ticket. To eliminate doubt over rising prices and how those are divided up, let’s assume every season ticket for 2018 was worth an average of $3,080.
  • Per TeamRankings, the Saints played 63.6 snaps per game. Multiplying that over an 18 game span (including the playoffs) the Saints played roughly 1144 snaps in 2018-19.
  • If you divide $3,080 (cost of the season, less playoff price tickets, but again, we were being nice by rounding WAY up for the price of season tickets) by 1,144 snaps, you get an average cost per snap of $2.69, we can make it $3.00 for the sake of argument.

Therefore, leading up to this one snap that supposedly would have ended the game, one can assume the Saints fans did not experience too much anguish, trauma, loss of faith, loss of enjoyment of life (for football reasons), loss of entertainment, or distrust of the game. So therefore, I do believe EACH season ticket holder is entitled to a $3 refund of their season ticket investment (less legal fees of course), for the NFL admittedly blowing the call.

Now, we must also look at the Super Bowl ticket holders who claim to be Saints fans. For those, who may have bought their ticket ahead of time, seeing into the future and knowing that the Saints would indeed BE in the Super Bowl, we have to account for additional anguish. Keeping that in mind, here’s more;

  • Per SeatGeek, the average cost of a Super Bowl ticket ranges from $2,500 to $3,000. Again, we will go with the higher number to offset some of the lower costs (we all know Saints fans can be cheap after all).
  • This would now include an additional total cost of $6,080 dollars based on faith in the NFL for season ticket holders.
  • The additional snaps for the Super Bowl would add up to 1,208 snaps, and so you can extrapolate that a cost of $6,080 divided by those snaps would add up to $5.03 per snap, rounded down to $5 for the sake of simplicity. Because if the Saints did make the Super Bowl, those snaps would not have caused all of these trying and traumatic times for these fans, as a blown snap likely would not have occurred.

Therefore, that raises the cost for Saints season ticket holders who bought Super Bowl tickets prior to this outcome to a total cost of $8, as they’d be entitled to the original class action lawsuit by simply being season ticket holders as well.

And if you think that is just nuts, here’s some names that need to defend themselves against this cause:

  • The Los Angeles Rams: You guys got lucky, and you benefited from “Screwed Dat” because of it.
  • Nickell Robey Coleman: Especially you, Coleman.
  • The City of St. Louis and their tax payers: If you guys just kept this darn franchise in your city we wouldn’t have these conspiracy theories about “collusion” between the NFL and its new market.
  • Roger Goodell: Why didn’t they have a rule in place to challenge this kind of thing? We’re listening, Rog’.
  • Those darn refs: You know what pass interference is, and you know what helmet to helmet is, despite your lack of supposed “angles” by some.
  • The rest of the NFC South (Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers): The fans of the division have had nothing but “fun” over the last several days at the expense of these poor and beleaguered Saints fans.
  • The City of Atlanta and their secret “Billboard Order”: You’d be a fool to believe that the city would ever allow the Saints fans to display billboards to “troll” the Falcons fans as their city earned the right to host this year’s Super Bowl. And I believe a guy (whose name is a Blank to me) may have something to do with it.
  • Stefon Diggs: ESPECIALLY YOU, DIGGS.
  • Cam Newton: Shocker, news of Cam Newton’s shoulder surgery popped up conveniently last night to overshadow this effort by New Orleans.
  • Cody Parkey: If you hadn’t doinked that field goal, this whole thing would have never happened.
  • Eric Reid: It is pretty obvious that Reid and his stunts about drug tests have only served as a distraction to this league and made it difficult for them to truly weigh their priorities.
  • Jamal Adams: An accident gone wrong? Nope, another attempt by the league to cover this up.
  • New England’s Mascot: Just continuing the same narrative to try and bury this by “needing medical attention”.
  • Dee Ford: Did he really not know he was offsides? Or was this an attempt for the NFL officials to save face by making the right call?
  • “Another” Dee Ford?: Or just another way to deflect some media attention from this travesty?

I’d say you have a case here, Saints season ticket holders, and 20 “$8 to $3” defendants who you deserve some answers from. Go get your hard earned money.