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Judge orders NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify in Super Bowl seating case

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be ordered to testify in Super Bowl seating case. (Getty Images) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be ordered to testify in Super Bowl seating case. (Photo by Getty Images)

A federal judge said Wednesday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can be questioned in the case where Super Bowl fans were displaced because seats were deemed unsafe, reports the Associated Press.

Goodell will be required to testify, via a deposition to be conducted no later than August 5 at the NFL's office in New York.

About 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex. were deemed unsafe just hours before the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in 2011. More than 850 ticket-holders were forced to move to new seats and 400 more had to watch the game 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. A total of 103,219 fans saw the game that day from Cowboys Stadium, but it fell short of an attendance record by less than 800.

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