Fans in California and Nevada were unable to purchase tickets to the NFC title game in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP)
Much noise was made over the Seattle Seahawks refusing to sell tickets to the NFC Championship Game to fans outside of pre-accepted locations. In short, if you lived in California or Nevada (areas likely to support the San Francisco 49ers), you weren't allowed to purchase tickets.
Of course, some fans did find alternate avenues and ways around the blocked ticket sales, but others were unable to do so. One such fan who couldn't secure tickets was John E. Williams III, who is suing the Seahawks for what he calls "selective" ticket sales.
A Nevada man is suing the Seattle Seahawks and the NFL for $40 million after the team limited the states from which fans could buy tickets to the NFC Championship Game last season.
John E. Williams III called the move “unconstitutional” in his lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Nevada.
Williams said his ticket purchase was denied because “his credit card was not issued in the restrictive states or Canada." Those states included Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.
Teams refusing to sell tickets to fans in particular geographical locations is not anything new -- in fact, the Oklahoma City Thunder are currently refusing to sell tickets to spectators in Tennessee as they're in the process of playing the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA playoffs.
The home venue of the Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, wasn't even correctly identified in legal court documents, so the chance of this progressing very far seems rather minimal.