Weird football plays have caused mayhem for sportsbook recently, and the NFC Championship was no exception.
There’s likely few sports fans that haven’t seen the play, but Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman delivered a massive hit to Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis while Lewis was attempting to catch a pass. Usually such a hit would be called pass interference, and the NFL admitted later that the hit could also be considered a helmet-to-helmet hit that’s now a penalty in the modern game. However, the play was deemed clean by the officials.
Had any penalty been called, the Saints would have had a first down that would have ended the game. However, the no-call made by the officials gave the Rams a chance to drive the field and tie the game, which they did. The Rams would go on to win in overtime.
Saints head coach Sean Payton later said that the NFL admitted to him on a phone call that the play should have been one of two penalties. The fallout of this play is still reverberating around the league and nation as bookmakers and gamblers try to make sense of what happened.
For one, New Jersey sportsbook PointsBet announced on Monday that they will be refunding all bets made on the Saints.
One blown call may change a game's outcome. That doesn't mean it should change YOUR outcome.— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) January 21, 2019
We're paying back ALL SpreadLine and MoneyLine bets on the @Saints. Everyone will have their bets refunded as Bonus Bets. Just think of it as Good Karma. 😇 pic.twitter.com/oB2njgwVPS
The company later clarified that the refunds would be made in the form of bonus bets instead of cash payouts.
This isn’t the first round of refunds made by a sportsbook during the NFL playoffs in 2019. In the first weekend, the Chicago Bears lost after kicker Cody Parkey’s game winning attempt hit the upright and crossbar before falling no good. FanDuel decided to refund moneyline bets placed on the Bears due to the unlikelihood of a “double doink.”
However, this is the first instance of a US sportsbook refunding bets due to the actions of the referees. While the NFL might have reversed course on Monday and decided to not release any statements about the call, it is generally accepted that a first down would have allowed the Saints to win the game.
Action Network’s Darren Rovell reported on Monday that he expected a class action lawsuit to be filed against the NFL, implying it would be on behalf of those who lost money betting on the game.
Fully expect a class action lawsuit to be filed against the NFL in the next 24 hours as a result of people claiming losses from bad call in Rams-Saints game. Don’t know how convincing the claims will be, but have no doubt they will be made.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 21, 2019
25 hours later, Rovell reported that a New Orleans attorney had filed a civil suit on behalf of the Saints season ticket holders.
BREAKING: Attorney Frank D'Amico says he has filed a civil suit in New Orleans on behalf of Saints season ticket holders to make the right call and bring both teams back to replay the end of the game.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 22, 2019
First reported by @TraversWDSU
More to come...
There’s no word yet if there will be a civil suit filed on behalf of gamblers who lost money on the game. It’s expected there will be multiple suits filed by various parties regarding the result of the game, so expect further updates should a gambling-related suit be filed.
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