Many New Orleans Bars and Restaurants Planning Boycott of Super Bowl LIII

11:24 January 28, 2019
By: Emilia DiFabrizio

As Super Bowl LIII rapidly approaches, bars and restaurants across New Orleans are intending on boycotting the game. New Orleans Saints fans are still miffed at what sports writer Jeff Duncan called one of the most egregious non-calls in NFL history believed to have caused the Saints to lose the qualifying game to the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFC Championship game on Jan. 20, in which Los Angeles Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman took down New Orleans Saint Tommylee Lewis, has been a source of contention between the city and the NFL, with a petition reaching over 760,000 signatures and two lawsuits being filed.

Duncan said that the lack of a pass-interference penalty, “gave the Rams the life they needed to stage a comeback, and they took advantage of it, completing a stunning rally with a 26-23 victory on Greg Zuerlein’s game-winning 57-yard field goal in overtime.”

In response to the injustice, some business owners intend on shutting down completely, but many of the Big Easy’s bars and restaurants will host anti-Super Bowl parties where fans may relive the glory days of Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) is typically a major day for businesses around the city, but with the upset over the NFC’s outcome, many plan on boycotting the game in favor of broadcasting the Saints past win against the Indianapolis Colts.

Dat Dog, Pythian Market, Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar, Crown and Anchor, Blue Oak BBQ, and La Casita are some of the many bars across the city throwing Saints-themed parties as opposed to broadcasting the offending game.

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