Colts, Bengals, Pack get extension to sell tickets

Colts, Bengals, Pack get extension to sell tickets
January 3, 2014, 7:45 am
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The Bengals and Packers are racing against the clock to avoid a local blackout.   

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(AP) -- The NFL is giving the Colts, Bengals and Packers one more day to sell their remaining playoff tickets and avoid local television blackouts.

The Colts announced their extension on their website Thursday, about an hour before a previous extension was supposed to expire. Fewer than 3,500 tickets remained for Saturday's wild-card game against Kansas City (11-5). The team had said about 5,500 tickets were left Wednesday night.

[UPDATE: Sponsor buys 1,200 tix, Chiefs-Colts a sellout]

The Bengals (11-5) also had tickets left for their game Sunday afternoon against San Diego (9-7). The Packers (8-7-1) had roughly 3,000 tickets left for the wild-card game Sunday against San Francisco (12-4).

Normally, teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in the local market. They can get one-day extensions if they think a sellout is possible.