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Colts blackout averted

Colts blackout averted
Colts blackout averted
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A Colts blackout has been averted after a close call, and the wildcard playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs is back on local television track, according to a Jan. 3 CBS Sports report. Indiana Colts fans and ticketholders can thank Meijer for buying 1,200 tickets for the NFL playoff game. The tickets will go to local military families.

Indianapolis Colts’ owner and CEO Jim Irsay took to Twitter to share his relief, writing, “Meijer's a superstar in our community. Bought 1200 tix and giving to local military families. Game on WTHR. BLUE OUT, not black out.”

He later added, “MEIJER'S tickets went to Ind. Blue Star Salute, Ind. National Guard, Survivor Outreach Services, & Wish for Our Heroes. Colts gave to same.”

The Christian Science Monitor reports that both the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers met their sales quota and announced Friday that their weekend playoff games were on track to avoid local television blackouts.

On the hook are the Cincinnati Bengals, who have until late Friday to sell their remaining tickets for Sunday’s game against San Diego. The Colts host Kansas City on Jan. 4, and the Packers host San Francisco on Jan. 5.