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News Posted on January 16, 2014

Associate Dean Amar Comments on Seattle Seahawks' Blocking Ticket Sales to California Fans

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, commented for a news report on television station KTXL on the legality of a professional football team's blocking of ticket sales to an upcoming playoff game to fans in the opposing team's home state.

The Seattle Seahawks, set to face the San Francisco 49ers in a National Football League playoff game in Seattle on January 19, have blocked online ticket sales to buyers in California.  Though the practice has upset 49er fans, it is not illegal, Amar said.

"Unfair and illegal are often different things, unfortunately," he said. "You can't discriminate against people on the basis of race or sex or sexual orientation or religion, but geography is not a prohibited basis on any statue that regulates discrimination."

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.

KTXL news report