Long-time 49ers fan John E. Williams is suing the NFL after unsuccessfully attempting to land tickets for last seasons’s NFC title game in Seattle.
Williams is suing the league for $50 million and accusing them of economic discrimination, since the Seahawks limited sales of their playoff tickets by limiting credit card sales in certain areas.
“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.”
Williams, who works as a promoter in the entertainment industry, said that because the NFL relies heavily on public subsidies and money from taxpayers to build stadiums. it should not be allowed to deny ticket sales to individuals on the basis they are “not from an area determined by the team — or the NFL — to be fan of that team.”
“‘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.
I’m clearly not a lawyer, but I think he could have a case.