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Super Bowl class-action lawyer urges Goodell to resolve case

Super Bowl Football

A section of empty seats are seen at Cowboys Stadium before the NFL football Super Bowl XLV game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The seats were deemed unsafe. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


On Wednesday, attorney Michael Avenatti filed a class action against the NFL, the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones, and others in response to the Super Bowl XLV ticket fiasco. On Saturday, Avenatti sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the case be resolved.

Explaining that the class action ultimately will cover more than 2,000 fans, Avenatti said that the members of the class “merely want just compensation, starting with full reimbursement of all ticket costs and travel expenses.”

The league has been attempting to contact affected fans directly in an effort to resolve their claims, an approach that could be problematic given that the persons who are covered by the class action arguably are represented by counsel. The better approach would be to deal with Avenatti, in the hopes of striking a global resolution that would provide equivalent and fair compensation to everyone who got less than what they paid for when they both their Super Bowl tickets.

“I once again ask that you contact me as soon as possible so that we may resolve this matter quickly and reasonably for the short and long term benefit of the fans of the NFL,” Avenatti told Goodell. “In an effort to accommodate your schedule, I will make myself available at any time, on any day -- we simply need to get this resolved.”

And then perhaps Avenatti can get back to that thorny problems presented by the quest for world peace.