$40 million lawsuit against Seahawks, NFL for selective ticket sales

$40 million lawsuit against Seahawks, NFL for selective ticket sales

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Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks tips the ball up in the air as outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 catches it to clinch the victory for the Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle.

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

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.

The lawsuit argues in part that because CenturyLink Field -- misidentified in court documents as Quest Stadium or Quest Field -- was publicly funded, the restriction was illegal and violated the Federal Consumer Fraud Act.

“This selective process is contrary to the spirit of the NFL, and contrary to public accommodation; however, it is utilized at will by teams in the NFL, including the Seahawks,” the lawsuit reads.
 

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