DALLAS - The clock on the Super Bowl Seating Trial finally hit zero as the verdict came in Thursday morning, and both sides are declaring victory. The jury found the NFL guilty of breaching their ticket contract but ruled they didn't commit fraud.
So what's it all mean?
Well, thousands of dollars for the seven fans who filed suit after the ice storm ate their Super Bowl seats. They'll get anywhere from $6,000 to $22,000 each depending on their damages.
Plaintiff Attorney Michael Avenatti says the scoreboard says it all. “There were 18 questions posed to this jury and we prevailed on 14 of 18 questions. That is nothing short of a blowout.”
But the blowout wasn't enough for Avenatti. He decided to do a little celebrating in the end zone. “Any effort by the NFL spin machine to now claim victory in this case is nothing short of putting lipstick on a pig”
Thad Behrens, lead counsel for the NFL seemed satisfied.
“We're very pleased with the jury's verdict and appreciate the time and attention this jury paid to this case," Behrens said. "And we're pleased that it affirmed that the NFL did not defraud any of its fans.”
Well, it turns out this game is going into overtime. The judge has ordered the stadium seating contractor to appear in court next week. So, this verdict may not be the final score.