NFL playoff blackouts could happen to the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, and Green Bay Packers. These NFL playoff blackouts would take place if the teams don't sell enough tickets to their first round postseason games. A report from CBS Sports on Tuesday (Dec. 31) indicates that all three teams are at risk of losing television privileges for local fans.
Each of the franchises has a deadline by when those tickets need to be sold leading up to the games, but the league can decide to grant an extension if it is getting close. At the time of this report, the Bengals have just over 10,000 tickets still available to the game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday (Jan. 5). The Colts reportedly have over 6,000 tickets available for their Saturday game (Jan. 40 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers also have many tickets left (last report was 13,000), but the team usually sells them quickly and there isn't a lot of concern that the game against the San Francisco 49ers won't be sold out.
These potential 2014 NFL playoff blackouts could certainly frustrate fans living in Cincinnati and Indianapolis if the games don't get sold out. It's been a while since the league actually had to do that, with the last instance being between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in 1993. A Houston Oilers vs. Buffalo Bills 1992 game also fell victim to the limited television audience.
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