Cedric Richmond Wants to Hear from NFL Over Botched Call
Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) may summon NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Capitol Hill over a botched call that cost his hometown team a chance at the Super Bowl. The league botched a non-pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and LA Rams. The NFL is reportedly considering options that would make pass interference reviewable in the future. “The Saints should be on their way to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl. Instead, they are left with the memory of officials who failed to create an equal playing field and deprived them of that opportunity,” Richmond said. “Officials should not have the ability to determine the fate of a team who rightfully earned their place in NFL championship history.” The Morehouse College graduate and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said he had since spoken with colleagues on the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee about inviting Goodell to answer some important questions about the call -- a call that the NFL Commissioner has the jurisdiction to overturn. “I stand with Saints owner Gayle Benson on the urgency and significance of having this issue addressed so that it does not happen again,” Richmond said. Congress exempted the NFL in 1961 from some antitrust law so that its teams could negotiate television contracts as a monopoly, instead of competing among themselves, which have helped make the NFL a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. Richmond did not outright threaten congressional hearings on the exemptions. But he made it clear that lawmakers hold that authority. More here.