The NFL has no problems with the Seahawks trying to gerrymander ticket sales.
And neither does 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Harbaugh said Monday he actually kind of likes the plan to restrict playoff ticket sales to the Pacific Northwest, but not California addresses, in an effort to preserve home field advantage in the NFC Championship Game.
“Well, it’s within the rules,” Harbaugh said, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “It’s within the spirit of the rules of the National Football League. 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 Broncos are employing a similar approach for the AFC Championship games, and there’s nothing in the rules preventing it. More teams probably should, except for the trouble some playoff hosts had selling tickets this year.