There were a lot of unhappy 49ers fans in California this week after the Seahawks decided they weren't going to sell NFC Championship game tickets to anyone with a credit card billing address in the Golden State.
However, one of those unhappy people in California wasn't Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers coach said on Monday that he actually respects what the Seahawks did as far as limiting ticket sales. And keep in mind, Harbaugh isn't a guy who vocalizes his respect for the Seahawks often.
"Well, it's within the rules. It's within the spirit of the rules of the National Football League," Harbaugh said. "I actually respect it, what you're trying to do for your team, put them in the best possible position to win that you can. And I respect that their organization does that for their team. They do that in a lot of ways, with their team, with their fans, with their organization. So, what do I think of it? I respect it."
As Harbaugh mentioned, what Seattle did is legal because the NFL has no rule against restricting ticket sales to certain regions of the country.
Not only did the Seahawks blacklist California, but the team didn't sell to anyone in 43 other states when the now sold out tickets went on sale on Jan. 13. The only fans that were able to snag tickets through the Seahawks were fans who had a credit card billing address in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii. Fans in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta were also eligible to buy tickets.
If it makes 49ers fans feel any better, the Broncos restricted the sale of AFC title game tickets to football fans with a credit card billing address in the Rocky Mountain region of the country.
Forty-niner fans can still go to the game, they're just going to have to pay a lot of money to do it. As of Tuesday, the lowest-priced ticket to the NFC Championship is going for over $400 on most secondary ticket sites like Ticketcity.com and Stubhub.