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Seattle worried about ticket brokers

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks say 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 people with billing addresses in California from purchasing tickets to Sunday's game between the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

The team says that when tickets went on sale for the divisional game against New Orleans, brokers found ways to manipulate the system and acquire most of them, then increased the prices 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 after Saturday's win over the Saints but before the Seahawks knew their next opponent.