Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers fans David Marmoleo and Renee Marmoleo cheer before the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers fan suing NFL over Seahawks limiting NFC Championship Game ticket purchases

During these past NFL Playoffs, we were treated to one of the more memorable NFC Championship Games in quite some time as the two NFC West powers, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, battled it out in the NFC Championship with the right to go to the Super Bowl on the line. The Seahawks ultimately won the game 23-17, and the Super Bowl over the Broncos after that.

Well if your memory is really good, you’ll also recall that prior to the conference title game between the Seahawks and 49ers, there was some controversy as the Seahawks were limiting credit card sales for tickets to people outside of their market, particularly in the San Francisco area.

At the time, there was no wrongdoing that we knew of by the Seahawks implementing such a rule, but one 49ers fan, John E. Williams, believes he was wronged and is now suing the NFL because of it.

“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.”

The suit goes on to state that limiting the sales were a violation of the Federal Consumer Fraud Act.

“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.”

At this time, the league has told ESPN that they have no comment on the lawsuit, and it’s unlikely that anything will come of this because it would have already more than likely.

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