NFL’s Goodell Says Mea Culpa for Super Bowl Seating Problems
A taped deposition of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was played for jurors at the Super Bowl XLV seating trial. In the recording, Goodell blamed the league, not the Dallas Cowboys, for the fiasco that left over 400 ticket holders without seats at all while other affected ticket holders had seats with restricted views.
When asked whether the Cowboys and owner should be held responsible for the seating problem, Goodell responded,
“I’m not blaming others. I’m blaming ourselves. I’m accepting responsibility. It is our event. It is our responsibility to produce it in a positive way and make sure we deliver on our promise.”
In the deposition, Goodell was also asked why the league never warned the fans about the defective seats during a news conference held two days before the game. He responded he did not remember anyone asking about the seats at the conference.
The suit was brought by seven ticket holders against the NFL because they either had no seats or had seats with restricted views.
The trial is expected to last through next week, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is expected to take the stand.