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Dallas owner owns up to seat issue

INDIANAPOLIS — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is sharing responsibility with the NFL for the Super Bowl seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium.

Just hours before the Packers played the Steelers, the league said 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe and moved 850 people to new seats. Still, 400 fans were forced to watch the game from standing-room-only locations around the stadium.

Jones told on Friday that he would look at ways to improve seating issues and the way they are handled.

"I do, along with the NFL, take responsibility for the seating issue and some of the things that we would like to improve on regarding the seating issues," Jones said. " … We certainly intend to and will get much better in terms of the seating and how that is handled."

Jones said he was still proud of the North Texas Super Bowl committee's efforts.

In the days after Green Bay's 31-25 win, the league gave displaced fans two options: $2,400 — triple the face value of the ticket — and a ticket to next year's Super Bowl, or a ticket to any Super Bowl with expenses.

The NFL said an additional 2,000 fans forced to sit in temporary seats will receive a face-value ticket refund or a free ticket to a future Super Bowl.

SENATOR JUMPS IN: The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is urging owners to open their financial books to the players union, arguing that will help resolve a labor dispute that is threatening next season.

"Reluctantly, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to sort out this stalemate is for the owners and the league to answer the biggest sticking point: money," Sen. Jay Rockefeller wrote in a Washington Post opinion column Friday. "What I'd like to see from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners is a simple display of good faith: Show the union your books. Don't keep secrets."

Rockefeller, D-W.Va., suggested that a neutral third party review the financial data, remove anything sensitive and prepare an assessment of finances.

PACKERS: reported that Edgar Bennett was moved from running backs coach to receivers coach, one of four staff moves. Jerry Fontenot (formerly assistant offensive line coach) moved to running backs coach, John Rushing (offensive quality control) shifted to assistant receivers/special teams coach and Joel Hilgenberg was named offensive quality control coach.

RAIDERS: Cornerback Stanford Routt agreed to a three-year, $31.5 million deal to stay, with $20 million guaranteed over the first two years of the deal.

Dallas owner owns up to seat issue 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 11:01pm]
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