One 49ers fan is filing a lawsuit that, if successful, will make him a richer man than his team's contract-hungry quarterback.
John E. Williams III is suing the NFL for a ridiculous $50 million because he wasn’t allowed to buy tickets to last year’s NFC championship game in Seattle. His lawsuit challenges the policy set up by the Seahawks before the conference title game that prevented people with credit cards linked to California zip codes from buying tickets.
The policy was implemented specifically to keep 49ers fans -- like Williams – from attending the game. But while the Seahawks say they’re just trying to maximize their notorious home field advantage, Williams says he’s a victim of economic discrimination.
"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," his lawsuit says. "This selected process is contrary to the spirit of the NFL and contrary to public accommodation.”
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Williams says he was ready to shell out big money to get the chance to watch his team play for a Super Bowl berth.
"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."
If you’re upset at the Seahawks over this, you should know they’re not the only team in the league with this policy. The Broncos did the exact same thing before last year’s AFC championship game. I’m sure Denver’s lawyers will be following this one.