SBD/July 25, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Judge Denies NFL's Effort To Prevent Goodell Deposition In SB Ticketholder Lawsuit

A federal judge yesterday rejected the NFL’s effort to prevent the scheduled deposition of Commissioner Roger Goodell in the lawsuit brought by eight ticketholders from Super Bowl XLV who were affected by the seating fiasco at that game at Cowboys Stadium. The league argued that with the denial of class certification earlier this month, the case was now a small one and did not require the deposition. There also is a second pending case in the court brought by ’11 Super Bowl ticketholders. Judge Barbara Lynn of the North Texas District Court wrote in a one-page opinion that the magistrate judge who had ordered the deposition made no legal error and it should proceed. The magistrate judge ordered the deposition occur no later than Aug. 5.
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