NFL Commissioner responds to Gov. Edward's letter about NOLA No-Call

Says teams have shown no desire to expand replay

Chris Miller
February 11, 2019 - 2:54 pm

USA TODAY

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tells the governor of Louisiana that there's no strong desire to expand replay to prevent missed calls like the one in the NFC Championship game, in a letter from the commissioner that the governor released today.

Not long after the January 20 game, where the referee crew missed two penalties on the same play in the final two minutes of regulation that would have given the New Orleans Saints a fresh set of downs, Governor John Bel Edwards sent the commissioner a letter "to express our deep disappointment" among Saints fans.

"By missing the obvious, blatant, and intentional penalty at the end of the game, the referees...unfortunately were allowed to determine the winner," the governor wrote to Goodell. "You and other team owners should make sure that by next season there is some recourse on the field when such a clear error is made."

Goodell's response, however, indicates that replaying such blown calls to determine if there's a penalty is not something the league is interested in.

"Our rules do not permit the Commissioner to overturn the result of a game because of an officiating error," Goodell wrote. "Nor have the clubs supported an expansion of replay to review decisions by game officials to call -- or not to call -- a penalty on the field."

Goodell goes on to say that the NFL treasures its relationship with New Orleans, and said the league is excited to return to the city for the Super Bowl in 2024.

The governor issued these remarks upon releasing Goodell's correspondence:

"Though it is cold comfort to New Orleans Saints fans, I applaud the Commissioner’s willingness to review the officiating error closely to determine if similar errors can be prevented in the future through rule or procedure changes. I appreciate his response to my letter.

"New Orleans is a place unlike any other, as evidenced by the Saints fans who celebrated their team and their city in lieu of watching the Super Bowl and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity in the process. It’s the Louisiana way to be hospitable to guests, as I know we will be when the Super Bowl next returns to New Orleans in 2024."

to read the commissioner's response to the governor.

to read the governor's original letter.

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