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NFL Commissioner Says He Knows Nothing About Cheerleader Pay

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Atlanta on May 20
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Atlanta on May 20Photograph by David Goldman/AP Photo

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn’t have to testify about how cheerleaders are paid, his attorneys argued in court filings on Tuesday.

“The request for a deposition of Commissioner Goodell is unwarranted and is, at best, a fishing expedition or, at worst, an improper ploy for media coverage,” Goodell’s lawyers wrote (PDF) in response to a subpoena. Drawing on cases involving the chief executive officers of AOL, Merck, and General Electric, they contend, “Because Plaintiff cannot show that Commissioner Goodell has unique or independent and necessary knowledge related to her claims, [which is] the requisite standard set forth by New York courts when a party seeks a deposition of a CEO, the Court should not allow Plaintiff to take his deposition and should quash the subpoena.”