Seahawks say ticket limits were to avoid brokers

The Seattle Seahawks said their decision to limit ticket sales for the NFC Championship Game to certain states was due to concerns over ticket brokers.

The Seahawks sold out a small allotment of available tickets — less than 3,000 — in less than 30 minutes Monday. The team has taken heat for excluding fans with billing addresses in California from purchasing tickets to Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and San Francisco.

The team says that when tickets went on sale for the playoff game against New Orleans, brokers had found a way to manipulate the system and acquire most of them, then increasing the price on the open market.

Seattle announced its decision to limit sales to those with billing addresses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.

TV ratings: While the 49ers are back in the NFC Championship Game for the third straight years, their local TV ratings still lags behind most other cities with NFL teams. According to a report by SportsBusiness Daily, the 49ers averaged a 22.6 rating in the Bay Area this season. While that is a 12 percent increase over last year, it’s just 23rd out of the 32 NFL markets. The Saints led the way with a whopping 52.0 average local TV rating.

Niners sign trio: The 49ers signed three players to future contracts Tuesday. Wide receivers David Reed and DeMarco Sampson and defensive tackle Christian Tupou all agreed to deals that will allow them to participate in the team’s offseason program.

Workers spruce up CenturyLink Field: Workers were busy preparing CenturyLink Field for Sunday’s NFC Championship. workers as they carefully used a template to paint an “NFL championship” logo on the field. As a hedge against Seattle’s rainy weather, wheeled tents will be put in place over field logos until they dry.

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