Jerry Jones ordered to testify in Super Bowl seating trial

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will have to testify at a trial involving disgruntled ticket holders who paid for seats they never got to sit in at Super Bowl XLV.

The judge in the case ruled Thursday that Jones will have to testify, but his son Stephen will not. Jones will have to testify either on Tuesday in the case.

The plaintiff's attorneys had said Jones was an important part of the case, despite not being named in the lawsuit, because of the pressure he allegedly made to set a Super Bowl attendance record.

Jones' attorneys argued the plaintiffs only wanted the Cowboys owner to show up to generate publicity.

The plaintiffs accuse the NFL and Jerry Jones of being driven by greed and obsessed with breaking the Super Bowl attendance record along with failing to install enough temporary seats to accommodate the masses.

Thursday's testimony was shortened to an afternoon session due to the winter weather in Dallas, but did include the final part of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's taped deposition.

Goodell's testimony mentioned multiple times the desire of Jones to set an attendance record.

The case is being heard in a Dallas federal court and centers on the 1,200 temporary seats that were declared unsafe only hours before the big game in Arlington in 2011. Thursday was the fourth day of testimony and the trial is expected to last about two weeks.

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