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49er fan sues NFL for $50 million for not being able to purchase Seahawks playoff tickets

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John E. Williams III is a San Francisco 49ers fan. He wanted to watch his team play against the Seattle Seahawks on the road during the 2013 playoffs. The Seahawks limited ticket sales for that game to credit cards with addresses in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii, plus the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Williams lives in Las Vegas.

Now Williams wants the NFL to pay because he was not “allowed” to purchase tickets.

How much will it take to ease his pain?

Williams is willing to forgive for $50 million.

Yes, Williams is suing the NFL for $50 million because he believes the league and others participated in “economic discrimination” with an illegal ticket policy limiting credit-card sales to pro-Seattle markets, according to The Associated Press. Williams filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, and alleges he was victimized by Seattle’s attempt to maintain its “12th Man” advantage at CenturyLink Field.

He is seeking $10 million in punitive damage and $40 million in "real" damages.

"They're always boasting up there about their 12th player and everything else," Williams told The Associated Press. "But by allowing the NFL to decide who can or cannot attend the games, you make it an unfair game. Seattle fixed it."

Imagine the difference Williams could have made at that game. If everyone at the stadium was quiet during Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Michael Crabtree in the fourth quarter. Williams could have screamed and distracted Seattle's Richard Sherman, which could have prevented the cornerback's infamous postgame rant.

Williams makes a good point, which is a nice way of saying it is hard to understand what he is talking about.

There are plenty of ways to obtain tickets to any sporting event. If Williams really wanted to attend the game, he could have handed money to a stranger standing in front of the stadium as many fans have done in the past. There are plenty of tickets available on the secondary market, which is probably the most popular method to attend events if you're shut out of the initial sale.

Maybe Williams is hoping by suing for a large amount of money, he could settle out of court for a small portion of $50 million, which would still be a great payday for his lack of effort.

If Williams deserves to earn $50 million for not attending a playoff game, 49ers fans who made the trip to CenturyLink Field are entitled to $100 million for their pain and suffering.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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