Judge: Goodell fair game in lawsuits

A Texas judge has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can

be questioned by attorneys for ticket-holders who sued after they

were displaced when seats weren’t properly installed for the 2011

Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.

The U.S. magistrate judge’s ruling issued Wednesday in Dallas

says depositions of Goodell must be at NFL headquarters in New York

no later than Aug. 5.

About 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington were

deemed unsafe just hours before the Green Bay Packers beat the

Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. That forced about 850 ticket-holders to

move to new seats, and 400 others to watch from standing-room

locations.

The ruling limited the scope of questions to Goodell, but

included his involvement in ”any attempt or goal” to break the

NFL’s Super Bowl attendance record.