Hour of judgment nears for NFL teams facing blackout


Oct 27, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals fan during the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Under NFL rules, a game has to sellout 72 hours before kickoff or it will be blacked out in the team’s local market. That deadline is hours way now and the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts have yet to sell out their allotment of tickets to prevent local blackouts of their home playoff games: 

That woman is clearly pissed the Bengals are unlikely to sell out their game against the San Diego Chargers and keep it from being blacked out as the team seeks its first postseason win since 1991 against the Houston Oilers.

There hasn’t been a playoff blackout since the 2001 season when the Dolphins hosted the Ravens in the Wild Card round. A Dolphins playoff game was also blacked out in 2000 and fans in Miami missed a Dolphins overtime win over the Colts.

According to Sports Illustrated, the only other two NFL playoff games to be blacked out since 1990 was a Packers at Lions game in the 1993 wild card round and an Oilers at Bills in the 1992 wild card. In the Buffalo-Houston game, Bills fans missed the team’s famous comeback from a 35-3 second half deficit.

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