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Goodell allowed to be questioned in Super Bowl seating lawsuit

By John Breech |

Roger Goodell will soon be answering questions from attorneys that aren't his. (USATSI)
Roger Goodell will soon be answering questions from attorneys. (USATSI)

It's been over two years since Super Bowl XLV was played at Cowboys Stadium and although the game's long since over, the seating lawsuit stemming from it isn't.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Dallas denied class-action status to the lawsuit, meaning each person who was denied a seat or displaced at the game will have to individually pursue their own legal claims, the Associated Press reported.

The situation that led to the lawsuit started just hours before kickoff at Super Bowl XLV, when about 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe. That decision left the NFL scrambling to find a new location in the stadium for each one of the affected ticket-holders.

Ticket-holders who were affected were hoping the lawsuit would reach class-action status.

Although the lawsuit was denied class-action status, that doesn't mean the NFL is off the hook. On Wednesday, a US magistrate judge ruled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can be questioned by the attorneys of the affected ticket-holders, according to AP.

The judge ruled the depositions of Goodell must happen no later than Aug. 5 and can only take place at the league office in New York, AP reported.

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