Jury: NFL breached Super Bowl tickets contract, but no fraud

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2011, file photo, a section of temporary seats, that were deemed unsafe, remain empty before the start of NFL Super Bowl XLV football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

DALLAS (AP) — A federal jury has ordered the NFL to pay nearly $76,000 to fans affected by the 2011 Super Bowl seating mess in Texas.

Under Thursday’s verdict in Dallas, the NFL must pay the money to some of the seven fans who sued. The jury said the NFL breached its contract with some ticket holders but did not commit fraud.

The plaintiffs complained they had tickets but ended up with no seats or seats with obstructed views at the $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington, home of the Cowboys.

About 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe hours before kickoff. That forced about 850 ticket holders to move to new seats and 400 others to standing-room areas. The NFL has said it fully compensated displaced fans.

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