Sportsbook Refunds All Saints Bets After Blown Call in NFC Championship


Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Saints WR Tommylee Lewis and Rams DB Nickell Robey-Coleman

Jan 21, 2019, 03:50 PM EST
  • The Saints were 3-point favorites against the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
  • A missed call late in the game likely cost New Orleans a 3-point victory.
  • To make up for the error, PointsBet, the latest entrant into the New Jersey sports betting market, is refunding all Saints spread and moneyline bets

If you bet the Saints -3 over the Rams, your Sunday certainly could’ve gone better.

A missed pass interference call on Nickell Robey-Coleman very likely cost the Saints what would’ve been a three-point victory in regulation.

Take a look for yourself:

Instead of the Saints getting an automatic first down inside the 10 and draining the remainder of the clock, the Rams won in overtime, 26-23.

Robey-Coleman, apparently a very self-aware fella, had this to say to the Washington Post: “Oh, hell yeah. That was P.I. … I just know I got there before the ball got there. … And I whacked his ass.”

The NFL admitted it missed the call, but that does little for Saints fans or their backers.

All the hubbub over the gaffe led to PointsBet, the latest entrant into the New Jersey sports betting market, to refund all of its spread and moneyline wagers on the Saints.

This is similar to some stunts you’ll see from PaddyPower over in Europe.

Prior to the College Football Playoff, FanDuel, another legal New Jersey book, paid out all of its national championship bets on Alabama as if they had won.

The Crimson Tide, of course, went on to lose to Clemson in the national championship game, so FanDuel had to pay out futures bets for two teams.

How would you rate this article?
Follow Scott T. Miller on Twitter