Franklin County say 2 have recovered and 2 have tested positive

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced Monday receiving two new positive cases for COVID-19, bringing Franklin County’s totals to 90.  Health Officials also announced that two more patients have recovered and have been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total of recovered patients to 53.  A family member of a coronavirus patient has been released from quarantine, bringing the number of family members released from quarantine to 38.  “We have been working with other communities, as well as state resources, to develop guidance for businesses to help them prepare to reopen in a manner that is safe for their employees and customers,” stated Emergency Management Director Amy Lindsey.last_img read more

State to start posting long-term care facility COVID-19 info

first_imgStatewide—During Governor Holcomb’s Wednesday press conference, Dr. Dan Rusyniak, chief medical officer for FSSA, announced that the state will begin reporting facility-specific COVID-19 data for long-term care centers. Members of the media have asked for this information since the beginning of the pandemic and Democratic members of the Senate Health Committee sent a letter to the governor urging the reporting of this data and proposing legislation to add such a requirement to state statute. Dr. Rusyniak stated the numbers would be available starting mid-July.last_img read more

Giroud appeal rejected

first_img The France international was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Craven Cottage for jumping into a challenge with defender Stanislav Manolev. The Gunners appealed but the FA have upheld the sending off, so Giroud will now miss three of the final four matches of the Barclays Premier League season – starting against Manchester United on Sunday. A statement from the FA read: “Following a Regulatory Commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected. “Giroud was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday 20 April 2013. “The player’s three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect.” The loss of Giroud is certainly a blow to Arsene Wenger’s squad as they look to lockdown Champions League qualification, the £13million summer signing from Montpellier having scored 17 goals. Arsenal retain a slender one-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea and are two ahead of north London rivals Tottenham, albeit having played a match more. Gunners boss Wenger will now have to rethink his attacking options for crucial games against United, then at QPR and home to Wigan before Giroud will be eligible again on the final day at Newcastle. Theo Walcott is one option for a central striker, and is currently leading scorer with 18, while German international Lukas Podolski is another who has been pressing for a start down the middle, looking to add to a tally of 14. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud must serve a three-match suspension after the Football Association rejected his claim of wrongful dismissal for a red card at Fulham.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jenkins: Change had to be made

first_img Press Association The Dane has left the Swans with immediate effect on Tuesday night with veteran defender Garry Monk and first-team coach Alan Curtis to take charge of the team ahead of Saturday’s clash with rivals Cardiff. The news ends considerable speculation over Laudrup’s position, which had been growing since last weekend’s loss to West Ham. The Capital One Cup-winning boss’ relationship with the club had reportedly been strained since a major disagreement over transfer policy last summer. The 49-year-old had also been under increasing pressure after a run of just one win in 10 Barclays Premier League matches left the Swans just two points above the relegation zone. Jenkins said: “It is a decision we have taken reluctantly, but it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters. “It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us. “I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games. “However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years. “Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.” Laudrup, the former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Denmark midfielder, was appointed in the summer of 2012 having previously managed at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca. Last season’s Capital One Cup success – Swansea’s first major trophy – enhanced Laudrup’s reputation considerably and he was rewarded with a lucrative new contract until 2015. However, problems surfaced last summer when it is thought Laudrup and Jenkins fell out over transfer targets. The difficulties led to the club’s refusal to deal with Laudrup’s representative Bayram Tutumlu in transfer deals. Press Association Sport understands tensions have also remained throughout the current season and there has also been disquiet about the intensity of training sessions. Prior to Laudrup’s exit, it had been understood that Monk, who has not played since September after undergoing knee surgery, was being lined up for a coaching role. The long-serving Monk, 35 next month, joined the Swans when they were in League Two in 2004 and he and Curtis have now been put in charge for the “foreseeable future”. The Supporters’ Trust, which has more than a 20 per cent shareholding of the football club, backed the decision to part company with Laudrup and called on fans to get behind Monk and the players “in the tough battles ahead”. In a statement, the Trust said: “During its tenure at the club, the current board, including a representative of the Supporters’ Trust, has made key decisions which have taken the club forward, and ultimately we believe that this decision has been taken with the best interest of the club in mind.” And chairman Phil Sumbler added: “There has inevitably been a mixed reaction among fans to the announcement, with the club facing a critical period of key matches in three major competitions. “However, we know from our supporter director Huw Cooze that the board has not taken this decision lightly, particularly in such an important week for the club, and it’s vital that we now all pull together to give the team our full support. “We all want to see an upturn in results, and what better place to start than at the Liberty Stadium against Cardiff City?” The Trust has also placed on record its thanks to Laudrup for his achievements during his time at the club. Swansea later confirmed on the club website that three of Laudrup’s backroom staff have also departed the Liberty Stadium. “The club can confirm that assistant manager Morten Wieghorst, fitness coach Oscar Garcia and overseas scout Erik Larsen have all been relieved of their duties,” Swansea said. “The club would like to thank them for their services.” Laudrup handed former Denmark, Celtic and Dundee midfielder Wieghorst the assistant manager’s role a year ago. Wieghorst, 42, was Denmark Under-21s manager before moving to Wales. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted the decision to part company with manager Michael Laudrup was “taken reluctantly” but believes it is in the best interests of the club.last_img read more

Mullins banks on Faugheen progress

first_img A stunning winner at Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring as a novice, the six-year-old leapt to the head of ante-post lists for next year’s Champion Hurdle with a brilliant return to action in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot last month. He will return to Grade One level on December 26 and Ireland’s champion trainer believes his charge will strip much fitter with a comeback run under his belt. Mullins said: “There must be huge improvement in Faugheen as he was pretty fat going to Ascot. “Last season Faugheen was fit and scrawny and I was wondering where the improvement was coming from, but he must have come back in from grass 100 weight heavier.” Willie Mullins expects “huge improvement” from Faugheen in the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Friend goes into Hughes’ bad books

first_img Colback looked to have snatched victory for the Magpies with a 74th-minute strike just three minutes after escaping a second yellow card – he had earlier been cautioned for a foul on Marc Muniesa – for a late challenge on Victor Moses. The Potters hit back in the final minute of normal time when substitute Peter Crouch levelled to claim a 1-1 draw but Hughes, who was sent to the stands in the corresponding fixture last season after Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were dismissed in a 5-1 drubbing, was far from placated. He said: “The disappointment, as you would imagine, is the fact that the referee wasn’t brave enough to make the right decision at a key moment in the game. “Given the yellow cards that were dished out, not only to ourselves, but to Newcastle as well and given the nature of the offences that caused him to give yellow cards, for him not to give a yellow card to the lad Colback when it was clearly a second yellow… “We are not here advocating we want players sent off, but the referee needs to be strong and make the right decision there, and unfortunately he didn’t. “The lad is allowed to stay on the pitch and, lo and behold, he goes and scores the goal that possibly might have stopped us taking anything out of the game. “If the referee had been strong and made the right decision, they would have been down to 10 and I think we would have won the game. “As it’s panned out, we have thankfully shown great determination and haven’t allowed that decision or the conceding of the goal to affect our determination to get something out of the game, and we have gone up the other end, a great ball by Geoff Cameron and a fantastic header.” Opposite number John Carver, however, thought Friend had got it right. He said: “Jack is a very, very competitive footballer and we are not going to change that, we are not going to take that out of him. “But I thought the referee handled the game extremely well, because there were a few tackles went unpunished. This is a competitive game – you can’t tell me that Whelan and Nzonzi and Bardsley aren’t competitors. “They are and that’s the way the Premier League should be. I don’t have a problem with that. But I thought the referee managed the situation quite well.” Newcastle looked to have snatched a barely-deserved victory 16 minutes from time when Colback fired home off the inside of the post. However, having passed up two glorious chances to cement the win, they succumbed in the 90th minute when Crouch looped a header over the helpless Tim Krul from Geoff Cameron’s cross. Carver admitted his players had lacked professionalism in failing to see the game out to secure what would have been back-to-back league victories. He said: “It’s hugely frustrating. It wasn’t a classic, was it? It was a pretty average game, certainly one game that is not going into my DVD collection. “There are two minutes on the clock, we get a free-kick, it goes into the final third, we play four or five passes backwards back to our goalkeeper, who kicks it. We are out of shape and before we know it, it’s in the back of the net. “Now that’s not professionalism, for me. There are two minutes left on the clock, go and run the ball into the corner and see the game out 1-0 and take a scrappy 1-0 victory. “But it wasn’t to be. That’s why I am frustrated.” Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes accused referee Kevin Friend of not being brave enough to send off Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback during a hard-fought draw at St James Park. last_img read more

Early goals lift Bournemouth past 10-man Sunderland

first_img Press Association Cherries boss Eddie Howe uncharacteristically made five changes to the side which lost at Norwich last weekend but he was rewarded as his team were straight out of the traps. Sunderland had hardly touched the ball before Callum Wilson scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign before a stunner from Matt Ritchie put them out of sight of Sunderland, who had defender Younes Kaboul sent off in the second half after the France international had been given the run-around by Wilson. Bournemouth needed just 10 minutes to wrap up their first ever Barclays Premier League home win, claiming a 2-0 result at the expense of 10-man Sunderland. The last time the Black Cats were on the south coast they capitulated in an 8-0 defeat at Southampton, but although they looked in danger of a repeat, Dick Advocaat’s side rallied and former Bournemouth loanee Jermain Defoe missed a golden chance before Jeremain Lens saw an effort wrongly disallowed for offside. Howe, who played alongside Defoe during his stint with the Cherries, may have labelled the striker the best finisher he has ever seen but Wilson may soon give him a run for his money as the man whose goals saw Bournemouth reach the Premier League struck inside the opening four minutes. Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon had blasted a clearance out of the modest Vitality Stadium but the hosts were quick to react and Simon Francis found Dan Gosling with the resulting throw-in, with the former Newcastle man sliding in Wilson, who held off Kaboul to fire home the opener. If that goal was impressive, the second that followed five minutes later was spectacular. Sunderland cleared a near-post corner but only as far as Ritchie, who controlled the ball on his chest and flashed a volley past Pantilimon before the former Manchester City man could move. Howe said ahead of the game that keeping Defoe quiet would make the difference for his side, but when the former Tottenham man was slipped through on goal he could not reduce the arrears as Artur Boruc kept out his low shot. Advocaat introduced Jack Rodwell at half-time and the midfielder saw an effort deflect behind for a corner from which Lens scored a diving header, only to see the assistant referee wrongly flag for offside. The visitors had their tails up and Fabio Borini arrowed a long-range strike inches over Boruc’s goal as they looked to get a foothold on the game. Steven Fletcher was the next man to be thrown on by Advocaat, this time with Defoe the man replaced after an unhappy return to his former club, but any hopes of a comeback were ruined with 15 minutes remaining as Kaboul picked up a second booking of the afternoon for a mistimed challenge on Wilson. Marc Pugh almost added a third for the Cherries but his shot into the turf bounced on to Pantilimon’s crossbar and was cleared. However, the result had long-been decided as Bournemouth won their second game of the season and left Sunderland propping up the table. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@DietmarHamann: If Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth doesn’t win goal of the season for his strike I’ll do a forfeit. Suggestions?” – Didi Hamann takes a leaf out of the eat-my-hat book of bets. PLAYER RATINGS Bournemouth – Artur Boruc: 6 (out of 10) Simon Francis: 7 Steve Cook: 7 Sylvain Distin: 7 Charlie Daniels: 6 Matt Ritchie: 8 Andrew Surman: 6 Dan Gosling: 7 Marc Pugh: 6 Lee Tomlin: 6 Callum Wilson: 7 Substitutes – Eunan O’Kane: 6 Glenn Murray: 6 Adam Smith: 5 Sunderland – Costel Pantilimon: 6 Billy Jones: 6 Sebastian Coates: 6 Younes Kaboul: 4 Patrick van Aanholt: 5 Yann M’Vila: 6 Jordi Gomez: 5 Jeremain Lens: 6 Ola Toivonen: 5 Fabio Borini: 6 Jermain Defoe: 5 Substitutes – Jack Rodwell: 6 Steven Fletcher: 5 Adam Johnson: 5 STAR PLAYER Callum Wilson: Scored his fifth goal in just four Premier League appearances having held off Kaboul and he continued to torment the France international for the remainder of the game. So much so that Kaboul was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards – both for last-ditch fouls on the Cherries’ forward. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Matt Ritchie: His goal not only established a two-goal lead for the hosts but is an early contender for goal of the season. The winger chested down a half-cleared corner before hammering an inch-perfect volley past Pantilimon. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Howe will be delighted to pick up a first home Premier League win and banish the poor performance at Norwich a week ago. But for Advocaat it was more poor defending and wastefulness in attack, with Newcastle’s home defeat to Watford not even offering any comfort as the Dutchman saw his side slip to the bottom of the table. MOAN OF THE MATCH Only a few little grumbles. Sunderland’s anaemic defending in the opening stages, Kaboul’s entire performance, the decision to chalk off Lens’ second-half header and the copious amount of roadworks to be overcome en route to the stadium. WHO’S UP NEXT Preston North End v Bournemouth (Capital One Cup, September 22) Sunderland v Manchester City (Capital One Cup, September 22) last_img read more

Many student tickets going unused

first_imgTake a quick glance at the results of Wisconsin’s big three sports and you would likely chalk up this year as one of the more successful years in recent memory.The football team appeared in its third Rose Bowl in as many years after winning the Big Ten Championship against Nebraska.The men’s basketball team held its own in the nation’s toughest basketball conference and earned a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament.Meanwhile, the men’s hockey team stunned fans by mounting an unexpected comeback in the second half of the season on it’s way to the WCHA Tournament Championship and a surprise appearance in the NCAA Tournament.But if you take your eyes off the field, court or rink for just a moment and look up to the UW student section, the scenery you would find might not fit what you expected for a set of programs known for its success year in and year out.While the attendance figures on the official stats sheet at the end of the game may have shown yet another sellout – the Athletic Department releases the number of tickets sold each game, not the number of tickets scanned – for Wisconsin football or basketball, the reality is that hundreds of student tickets go unused each game.A Badger Herald open records request found nearly 30 percent of the student season tickets purchased at the beginning of the basketball and hockey seasons never make it to the Kohl Center.Even the back-to-back-to-back Big Ten champion Wisconsin football team – which sells out its student season tickets in less than 30 minutes with regularity – had an average of nearly 1,000 student tickets out of its 13,000-plus student section go unused for each game in 2012.Still, while Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty said the ultimate goal is to fill every seat, he added that there are a number of issues at play when it comes to lower student attendance – some of which he said are out of the Athletic Department’s control.“From our standpoint, I think there are a lot of factors that go into the difference between [tickets bought and tickets scanned],” Doherty said. “It could be the day of the week, whether the game is over Winter break or not, could be game times.“Ultimately, it is an individual choice or an individual circumstance.”Identifying the problemGrowing up in Stevens Point, fifth-year senior Joe Dewitt said he has been a Badger fan most of his life.As a result, since he began attending UW, Dewitt has taken full advantage of the student season tickets the Athletic Department has offered in his time at the University – having had season tickets to football, basketball and hockey for at least one season each.A testament to his dedication to UW athletics, Dewitt said he could only remember one time in his last few years as a football season ticket holder where he was unable to use his ticket.For Dewitt, attending games allows him to play his part in contributing to the intimidation factor of Camp Randall or the Kohl Center.“It’s half the reason why I make sure I’m there,” Dewitt said. “I want the Badgers to win and I think a big part of that is making sure that the student section is there and is trying to get in the head of the other team.“You would be hard pressed to tell me that having a roaring crowd behind the Badgers didn’t help them get a close win.”Unfortunately, the large numbers of unused tickets seem to indicate that student fans like Dewitt are slowly becoming the exception, not the rule.As technology improves and new methods of consuming games continue to emerge, going to the game is no longer the only way to consume a game.For many students, following the game remotely has become a more effective way to cover Wisconsin sports while also dealing with the many other commitments that come with the college lifestyle.Combine the rigors of college with huge ticket packages and weeknight games for the basketball and hockey seasons and the decision to go to a game becomes a difficult one for students, Dewitt said.“It is a huge commitment to get those tickets,” Dewitt said. “If you’re someone like me you’re not going to get the tickets unless you think you can go to a lot of the games. If you have a busy academic semester, it is a lot harder to go to a basketball game on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.”Finding the solutionFor Doherty and the Athletic Department, the key to bringing students to the stadium cannot rest on the marketing of the team or the game alone.Instead, Doherty believes the only way to combat unused tickets is to continue to work on engaging student fans and making them more involved in the game.“If you’re having a good experience going to the game, hopefully your overall experience is something you like and that you want to continue to take part in,” Doherty said.Beginning in the fall of 2012, UW Athletics launched a Twitter campaign to integrate students into the Wisconsin football conversation. Handing out free shirts with “#Badgers” printed across the back and building a new video board along the rim of the upper deck at Camp Randall to display student and fan tweets about the game gave students a new way to participate in Badger Gameday.While marketing techniques like this have proved successful for the Athletic Department in the past few years, Doherty said he knows it will take a culture shift to bring the student sections closer to 100 percent attendance.“I think our initiative going forward is to try to keep pace with [the students],” Doherty said. “Keep doing things that keep people interested in addition to the actual game itself.”Predicting the futureEven though expectations for all three teams will likely continue to be just as high, if not higher, than they have been the past few years when next fall rolls around, this does not mean student attendance can be expected to suddenly improve.In fact, in some cases the Athletic Department is predicting exactly the opposite.Doherty confirmed a report from the Wisconsin State Journal that the Athletic Department has budgeted for a $470,000 drop in ticket revenue for the men’s hockey team next year when they join the newly-created Big Ten hockey conference.Some have pointed out the move to a new conference means many of Wisconsin’s closest hockey rivals will no longer be on the schedule each year – such as North Dakota, Colorado College and St. Cloud State – which in turn could lead some fans to forgo buying ticket packages.However, others – including the players on the Wisconsin hockey team – think the move could have the opposite effect.“I’ve had some conversations with a couple of different guys in the past few weeks and I think some students aren’t really educated about hockey – they didn’t grow up with it – but they might be football or basketball people,” sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe said.“When they see the men’s hockey team is playing a two-game series versus Michigan or Ohio State, they know these teams and understand the rivalries from basketball and football and hopefully that carries over to hockey.”Still, whatever effect the new conference has on men’s hockey, the players know no matter how well the Athletic Department markets the games, it is ultimately up to them and their performances to sell tickets each year.“We always have our own pressure on ourselves to win games,” junior forward Michael Mersch said. “People want to come and watch good hockey. We represent the school and we want to represent it well.”last_img read more

ESI Gambling Report: Can franchising help to commercialise esports betting?

first_imgIn this week’s edition of the ESI Gambling Report, we take a comprehensive look into the future of franchise esports and how it can drive gambling to higher altitudes, specifically in Blizzard’s Overwatch League.Franchising rebirths esports structure The biggest story of 2017 in esports was undoubtedly the introduction of franchising. Although heavily debated at first, our first glimpse of franchised gaming leagues such as the NA LCS and Overwatch League exhibited its proof of concept. Franchising promises longevity and a sustainable ecosystem for esports to snowball in, providing a structure professional gaming was formerly unequipped with.In the case of the Overwatch League (OWL), its approach to franchising came in the form of localised teams such as the Florida Mayhem, New York Excelsior, and London Spitfire to name a few. Geo-based teams began to include more people in the pro-gaming conversation by placing them in the peripherals of those teetering on the edge of esport interest, in a sense commercialising it. The OWL’s launch saw hordes of people congregating at viewing parties in homes, pubs, and public parks to view matches. And while viewership has dropped off slightly since its launch, the assembly marked a moment in esports as it began resembling a similar camaraderie we see in traditional sporting events.Credit: @Twitter- @OutlawsOWAs esports continue to grow exponentially, betting on it is starting to flourish hand-in-hand right alongside it. Many sports enthusiasts who have experience in betting or gambling can attest that the biggest entertainment surrounding the sport are fantasy and betting on match outcomes. Not only has betting infiltrated esports in this capacity, it has evolved into a market worth around $900 million (£638,010,000), according to Business Insider. With esports constantly achieving a more mainstream status, its popularity offers a colossal joint advantage for the leagues and gambling precinct.Welcomes novicesLocalised teams in the OWL are inviting for those new to the esport, drawing a new wave of followers into the competitive gaming sphere. A main ingredient of the OWL’s success was Blizzard’s marketing brilliance (and expenditure) when rolling out the league, peaking a global interest. Adam Savinson, Head of Esports at Betway, told Esports Insider:“The recent creation of the Overwatch League is an extremely exciting development for the esports betting industry. The marketing that the OWL has put out in the last few months has been unrivaled, and unsurprisingly we saw a significant boost in interest for Overwatch betting markets as soon as the league began.”He concluded: “I’m very excited to see whether the interest in [the] OWL continues to grow and betting alongside it.”A percentage of these novices will eventually turn to betting as a form of enhancing their viewing experience. Let’s be honest, a game is much more gripping and dramatic when there’s money on the line, and if done sensibly it’s also unreservedly fun. Betting on esports invests more of the spectator into the game- accentuating every play, kill and win. Wagering in this sense, imbues fans to become more involved in its leagues while generating a sea of newcomers more likely to turn into long-term followers. It’s a win-win for the fans, bookmakers and leagues.Experienced bettorsOn the other side of the betting coin, the OWL offers significant advantages for those individuals already versed in the esport betting market as well as bookmakers. The anatomy of the OWL provides a sense of legitimacy in the shape of its investors, broadcasts, distribution and regulation giving it a more consistent and stable feel. Factoring things such as the reported lofty $20 million plus (£14,164,000) buy-in for franchises, there exists a level of comfort that teams will not disappear as we’ve previously seen in other professional gaming leagues.Credit: Overwatch LeagueThe final product delivered to those OWL viewers at home (and even those watching live in the Blizzard Arena) is fetching, to say the least. Streams deliver on providing crucial insights of players, stats, match-ups, and post-game analysis accommodating educated wagers. The OWL goes beyond this by frequently airing interviews with players before matches that can indicate a team’s confidence or there lack of, playing a weighty role in deciding whether to risk or not.While there are countless outlets providing information for fantasy sports news, esports betting outlooks are sprouting at a mammoth rate. The growth of the OWL and other franchised leagues will drive the demand of pre- and post-game shows, expanding viewership and engagement. Maintaining this velocity, the OWL can become conventional enough to attract avid bettors who are non-gamers looking to get in on the action. In short, the limelight offered by franchising can help pocket new bettors entering the orbit, before others.last_img read more

Roger Goodell does worse by Saints with no real response to non-call

first_img Although Goodell said there will be a full evaluation process to consider changes, he was quick to shoot down the potential of adding an official to the field and/or improving the technology above it. As for judgment calls being reviewable, he hinted the past resistance of NFL’s competition committee would be an obstacle.”What are the solutions, what are the unintended consequences, how do we keep competitive nature of our game but also improve our officiating? If we determine it’s not in the best interest of the game, that’s how we operate. As long as we do that, that’s where we’ll go.” HAISLOP: The case against expansion of NFL replay review, challenges In the end, there wasn’t much more Goodell could offer than a repeated apology. Just like he did with other controversial issues clouding the NFL and the game, the commissioner left the non-call topic on the low note of being too general.The Saints and their fans will have to stuff those sorrys into a sack. The NFL’s reaction to the non-call is more non-promises. ATLANTA — Roger Goodell is once again a big sinner in the eyes of Saints fans whose team is not playing in Super Bowl 53 over the Rams. On Wednesday, the NFL commissioner gave those fans little reason to think he should be absolved.After the NFL’s near two-week silence on the controversial non-call that went against New Orleans late in the NFC championship game, Goodell was finally asked for his take at his annual Super Bowl media conference. Goodell did his best to sound sympathetic and forward-thinking. But there was a clear indication the NFL is not about to get aggressive to ensure all obvious judgement penalties such as pass interference are called correctly in the future — and ensure what happened in New Orleans will not happen again.center_img “We understand the frustration of the fans,” Goodell said. “We certainly want to address that. Whenever officiating is part of any part of the discussion post game, it’s never a good outcome for us. We knew that.”What Goodell did not know: This week was a bad time for the league to position itself fully behind the job its current officials are doing, and not make a strong statement about repercussions.STEELE: Saints now have to live with own version of Tuck Rule Game”Officiating our game requires making snap decisions under difficult circumstances. They are not going to get it right every time, there only human,” Goodell said. “Technology is not going to solve the issue. The game is not officiated by robots, never will be.”I don’t think the game has been officiated at this level before. It’s extraordinary.”Per NFL Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3, Goodell in theory could have invoked a special power to reverse the results of the Saints game because Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman was not flagged as he should have been in the fourth quarter. But Goodell said there was “absolutely” no consideration given to applying such authority simply because of judgment calls or officiating errors, despite the level of complaints.last_img read more