Cowboys owner Jones tells court he regrets Super Bowl seating woes
By Marice Richter
DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones testified in federal court on Tuesday he regrets that some temporary seats were not ready before kickoff for the Super Bowl in 2011 due because of delays in increasing stadium capacity.
Jones spent more than two hours on the witness stand testifying in a lawsuit filed by seven fans who sued the NFL because they either did not have seats, or their seats had obstructed views.
On cross-examination, Jones admitted the stadium did not meet its deadline for installing the temporary seats.
"I regret that," he said.
Lawyers said these are the first multiple lawsuits brought by fans who claim the NFL breached its ticket contract with them by offering inadequate seats or forcing them to stand throughout the game.
Jones was originally named in the suit but was later dropped, leaving the National Football League as the sole defendant.
NFL officials have taken responsibility for the seating troubles but fans rejected settlement offers of reimbursements and tickets to subsequent Super Bowls as insufficient.
Fans are trying to convince the jury that the NFL placed its greed ahead of doing the job correctly, according to court documents. Continued...