San Francisco 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh admitted today that he actually believes Seattle's move to restrict tickets was the right decision.
The big NFL news at the start of the week was about how the Seahawks would be restricting the tickets for the huge NFC Championship Game showdown against San Francisco, so that people with a Californian address couldn't get tickets.
Speaking to CBS, Harbaugh insinuated that his team would have done exactly the same.
"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."
The Seahawks move was clear strategy to make the most out of home-field advantage as they possibly could.
Whether it works will remain to be seen, but they are not the only side to do this.
Although it did not get as much publicity, Denver Broncos also came up with the ploy as they decided to restrict AFC Championship Game tickets to football fans with a billing address in the Rocky Mountain region of the country.
Fans of the 49ers can still go to the game, they just have to pay a lot more money to do it. As of Tuesday though, the best priced ticket that was available online was over $400.