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Judge orders Goodell to testify in Super Bowl seating case

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Tuesday was a bad day for the case against the NFL arising from the seating fiasco at Super Bowl XLV.  Wednesday was somewhat better.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that the proposed class action would not be certified, meaning that the individual customers would have to pursue their own legal claims against the league.  That could cause many of the potential plaintiffs to simply accept whatever the NFL has offered by way of reimbursement or settlement, in lieu of fighting for all damages available under the law.

On Wednesday, a federal magistrate judge ordered that Commissioner Roger Goodell nevertheless will be required to testify, via a deposition to be conducted no later than August 5, 2013 at the league office in Manhattan.

Goodell will be expected to address only specific topics relevant to the issues pending in the case, and the NFL’s lawyers surely will enforce the limits aggressively.

Still, Goodell would prefer not to submit to testimony at all, in large part because persons in positions of power loathe submitting to any other authority than their own.

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9 Responses to “Judge orders Goodell to testify in Super Bowl seating case”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 10, 2013 7:25 PM

    Goodell’s response?: Ok I’ll think about it and let you know what I decide.

  2. cheffyglenn says: Jul 10, 2013 7:25 PM

    They should ask him why he helped cover up Ray Lewis murdering two people while he is under oath.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 10, 2013 7:39 PM

    Sorry, your honor, Mr. Goodell is currently appearing as a titan in Sun Valley. Who knows, he may be running naked through the woods with the primitive spear he made himself, trying to get food.

  4. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 10, 2013 7:50 PM

    So the Emporer has to submit to a greater power….wow, imagine that…

  5. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jul 10, 2013 9:09 PM

    Totally agree with the last paragraph. Goodell has got to be hating that. @cheffyglen: different commish back then. Then again, your statement breeds ignorance altogether. Poor fool. Now if you want to talk about a “real” cover up; there’s always spygate.

  6. jimeejohnson says: Jul 10, 2013 9:29 PM

    Imagine being one of the unlucky fans who were told they didn’t have a seat even though they paid the big bucks?

  7. cometkazie says: Jul 10, 2013 9:39 PM

    I feel your pain, Roger . . . .

    Poof!

  8. rcali says: Jul 10, 2013 9:57 PM

    Hope this doesn’t take out too much time from his “Move a team to Lonon” master plan. Players are going to love those high taxes and cost of living.

  9. noeffinway says: Jul 11, 2013 12:47 AM

    How does one submit to his own authority?

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