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NFL, Seahawks

Sued for $40 Mil

You Screwed Me Out Of Playoff Tickets

4/25/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A guy in Nevada is suing the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks for $40 million ... claiming he was illegally barred from buying tickets to the NFC playoff game ... just because he's geographically undesirable.

In the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- John E. Williams III says he wanted to purchase tickets to the Seahawks vs. 49ers playoff game in Seattle but couldn't because he lives in Nevada.  

According to the Seahawks' own website, tickets for the game were only available to people living in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and a couple of Candian provinces. 

Conspicuously ... California and Nevada weren't on the list ... reportedly to keep 49ers fans from buying tickets.

Williams -- who didn't say if he was a Seattle or SF fan -- says the whole thing stinks ... and is contrary to the spirit of the NFL. He thinks $40 million ought to set things right. 

FYI ... average cost of a playoff ticket -- 400 bucks. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
33 COMMENTS

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jc    

There are several teams that geographically block ticket purchases, generally to block ticket brokers/scalpers.. My guess is that there's similar blocks for concert tickets from artists who easily sell out venues. Besides paparazzi, sorry TMZ, one of the lowest life forms are ticket scalpers... blame them for spoiling the party.

127 days ago
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Chuck    

This only happens if you try to go through the teams' site to buy tickets. If you go through a ticket broker you're not blocked. This guy is just a dumbass looking for a buck.

126 days ago
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Mare    

Lawyers that take these types of lawsuits should be disbarred. $4o million???

126 days ago
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J Live    

I w as s there....no tickets for $400. Closer to a grand even for upper deck but no bad seats there. Go Hawks!

126 days ago
5.

Jordan    

I would tell the guy good luck, but the Stupid Idiot that is suing the NFL and the Seahawks, does not realize the only one who will come out ahead if he is smart is the guys Lawyer for taking a case that he cant win.

126 days ago
6.

Tweeder    

The right to refuse service to anyone

126 days ago
7.

TheEric    

When will people realize that lawsuits aren't there to provide a windfall for people? Lawsuits exist to make people whole, not to put people in a better position, financially, than they were before. We need to start prosecuting people who game the system like this.

126 days ago
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Truth    

BRO... TAKE A F*CKING DEEP SEAT. YOU NEVER GET A GOOD VIEW OF THE GAME --- AT THE GAME. THE BEST VIEW IS GUESS WHERE --- ON THE DAMN TV!! YOU DONT GET SLO MO, REPLAYS, STATS, ANALYSTS VIEWS AT THE GAME. HALF THE TIME YOU DONT KNOW WAT THE F*CK IS GOIN ON EXCEPT SMOKING BLUNTS AND CHUGGING BEER. #TRUTH!!

126 days ago
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DumbingDown    

This guy's from Nevada...what do you expect?? Home of Cliven Bundy the Barbarian. Obviously they are intellectually challenged in that state.

126 days ago
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Truth    

Seattle is a one hit wonder. They just got lucky last year. It's hilarious how all the hipsters claim they have always been fans.

126 days ago
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Truth    

It just gives all the Miami Heat "fans" an NFL shirt to wear.

126 days ago
12.

Bob    

I agree with the law suit but not the money

126 days ago
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Joey    

I'm glad he's doing this. I hope this goes to court becuz it does stink and this needs to change for all of the teams that pull this bs.

126 days ago
14.

lowie    

I agree with bob , just give him tickets to another regular or playoff game but suing for 40 million , go **** yourself

126 days ago
15.

Dan    

****ing moron

126 days ago
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