Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – A San Francisco 49ers fan has filed a $50 million civil lawsuit against the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for their selective ticket sales process that violates the law.
According to the lawsuit filed by John E. Williams III before a US District Court in Las Vegas, 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.”
Williams, who is asking for $10 million in punitive damages and $40 million in real damages, said he doesn’t believe any NFL team has the right to limit ticket sales since most teams play in publicly funded stadiums.
Under the current system, the Seahawks restricted ticket sales for the NFC Championship Game to fans who had a credit card billing address in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.
It was not the first time that a team implemented a restriction in ticket sales. Before the AFC title game against the Patriots, Denver restricted ticket sales to fans in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and western Kansas.