A Nevada man is suing the NFL for "economic discrimination". Earlier this year during the NFC Championship game, it was learned that tickets to the NFC Championship game which included the Seattle Seahawks vs the San Francisco 49ers would be limited to fans in the region -- basically Seahawks fans. Well, a long-time 49ers fan living in Nevada was one of the people unable to get a ticket and he's not to happy about it. He has filed a lawsuit again the NFL for "economic discrimination".
The man, John E. Williams III feels that because the NFL relies heavily on money from tax payers, their decision to limit tickets to fans within a certain area or an area "not from an area determined by the team -- or the NFL -- to be fan of that team" violates federal law.
"The practice of withholding the sale of tickets from the public at large and allowing only credit card holders limited to certain areas is a violation of the Federal Consumer Fraud Act and/or common law," according to the lawsuit filed April 15.
Williams is seeking over $10 million in punitive damages and $40 million in real damages. He feels like the way the tickets were sold to favor the Seahawks fans just isn't fair.
"They're always boasting up there about their 12th player and everything else," Williams told The Associated Press on Friday. "But by allowing the NFL to decide who can or cannot attend the games, you make it an unfair game. Seattle fixed it."
Williams is a longtime 49ers fan and feels tickets should be for those who want to purchase them.
"I live in Las Vegas, but I'm originally from San Francisco. I've seen John Brodie back in the day, and Joe Montana. I really wanted to go up there to see the Niners," Williams said. "I think the tickets should be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, not based on who they want in the crowd."
The NFL and the Seahawks have not commented on the lawsuit.
Well this is certainly interesting. While you can call this a bit litigious you have to admit, his logic sounds good. Now, whether his lawsuit actually gets steam and taken seriously one only knows.
I think he'll get a pair of tickets out of the deal, maybe some 49ers tickets and perhaps a little money.
What do you think about his lawsuit?
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