Colts Blackout Averted For AFC Wild Card Playoff GameBy: Meaghan Ellis - January 3, 2014
It was quite a close call for the Indianapolis Colts. It appears they were able to squeeze pass the daunting possibility of a blackout. Although yesterday it looked as though they totally out of the woods yet. However, they have sold the last 4,500 tickets needed to avert the blackout.
According to CBS Sports, NFL officials have announced that the Saturday wildcard playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs will not be blacked out. As of this morning, Indiana’s News Center reported that regional hypermarket Meijer stepped in and purchased the last 1,200 Colts’ tickets for the AFC Wild Card game scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4. The tickets will be distributed to the families of local military personnel.
Colts’ fans and ticketholders were definitely pleased by the news. Indianapolis Colts’ owner and CEO Jim Irsay tweeted his gratitude to Meijer for their contribution to the blackout aversion. Isray also shared information about the government organizations the tickets would be distributed to.
The announcement was also posted on the Colts’ official Twitter page. Then, of course, the Colts’ offered a tweet to raise anticipation for tomorrow’s game in an effort to redirect attention to the playoffs, as opposed to any further talks of the blackout.
Meijer also tweeted a reply to the Colts’ franchise, reassuring the team of their support.
NFL regular season rules and regulations require teams to sell out home game tickets at least 72 hours prior to kickoff time as a means of avoiding potential blackouts. While the same rules apply for playoffs, some teams have a tendency to barely make the looming deadlines. Playoff game schedules are tentative, so spectators usually have only a short period of time to purchase tickets, which is the reason for potential blackouts.
The Football Night In America pregame coverage will start at 4:00 p.m. on NBC33, and the AFC Wild Card game will follow immediately after. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.
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