The NFL and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit over Super Bowl XLV tickets, saying reimbursement offers to displaced ticketholders were legally adequate.
"These offers were made to be accommodating to the NFL's valued fans, but in fact, they exceed the amount to which any of the ticket-holders is entitled," the NFL and Jones said in a court filing Thursday.
The class action lawsuit, filed Feb. 8 in Dallas by Steve Simms and Tarrant County resident Mike Dolabi, was brought by fans either moved to new seats, delayed in being seated or made to watch the game on video screens because some temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium weren't ready by kickoff. Other fans said they were given seats with obstructed views after being promised better.
Fans suffered damages exceeding $5 million, according to the lawsuit.
Lawyers for the league and Jones said in an earlier filing that they offered to pay 3,296 fans a total of $4.5 million to $9.3 million.
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay offices will be closed next week and employees could face additional unpaid furloughs if the NFL labor stoppage extends into the fall and winter.
Vikings: Members of Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf's management and stadium development team met this week with Tim Leiweke and his AEG team that is considering a stadium for Los Angeles, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Retirement: Former Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover, the fourth-ranked scorer in NFL history, has retired. Stover was a 1986 graduate of Lake Highlands High School in Dallas.
Packers: Green Bay will receive its Super Bowl rings June 16.