NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) —
Orleans Civil Court Judge Nicole Sheppard has granted the request from lawyers of season ticket holders to move into the next phase of the court process.
The discovery is expected to include the deposition of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The unprecedented move will have Goodell answering questions about referees and possible intentional fraud.
Four Saints season ticket holders filed the lawsuit, alleging that the referees committed fraud by intentionally ignoring fouls late in the game to cost the team a shot at the Super Bowl.
Attorneys for the NFL called the case “Monday morning quarterbacking” and said the courts are no place for fans to air their disappointments.