The NFL has granted the Cincinnati Bengals, the Green Bay Packers, and the Indianapolis Colts extensions on ticket sales to prevent their games from being blacked out over the weekend in their respective local markets.
The Packers are reportedly “about 3,000 tickets short of selling out the 80,750-seat Lambeau Field for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers,” where temperatures are expected to be in the single digits. The Packers have until 5 p.m. ET on Friday to sell the remaining tickets.
The NFL reportedly gave the “Colts a second extension to try to sell their remaining 3,000 tickets for Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs to avoid having the game blacked out in the Indianapolis area.” They have until “until 4:30 ET Friday to sell their remaining tickets. The Colts have sold out 137 of their last 138 games.”
The NFL has granted the Cincinnati Bengals a blackout extension and has given the team until 4 p.m. on Friday to sell the remaining 3,500 tickets to Saturday’s playoff game against the San Diego Chargers.
If the Bengals do not sell out the game by the deadline, it will be the first NFL playoff game to be blacked out in a local market since “a January 2002 AFC Wild Card Game at Miami when the Dolphins lost to the Ravens.”
Local businesses in Cincinnati are reportedly buying blocks of tickets and donating them to “military families through the Armed Forces Ticket Association.”
Blackout rules also apply to webcasts, so local fans will not be able to stream the CBS Sports stream if their teams do not sell out their respective games.