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NFL Extends Deadline For Purchasing Colts Tickets

The Indianapolis team's home playoff game on Saturday is in danger of being blacked out due to lower-than-expected ticket sales.

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Possible factors include a sluggish economy and competition from the Indiana Pacers.

Update Friday, 2:19pm: 

Colts Vice President for Ticket Operations Larry Hall says Meijer stores have bought 1200 tickets for Saturday‘s Colts-Chiefs playoff game to be given to local military families.

As of this morning, Cincinnati and Green Bay were still trying to sell tickets to their games.

Update Friday, 12:30pm: 

Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement this morning that Saturday’s playoff game against Kansas City is sold out and will be shown on local television.

The Colts were given a second 24-hour extension by the National Football League to avoid a local TV blackout by selling about 3,000 remaining tickets Thursday afternoon.

 

The NFL has pushed back the deadline to buy tickets for the Colts playoff game on Saturday.

The deadline was originally at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, then pushed to Thursday. It’s now been pushed to the same time on Friday.

The number of remaining tickets was down to around 3,000 on Thursday afternoon. Playoff games in Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Green Bay were in jeopardy of being blacked out due to league rules.

As the Indiana Business Journal reports,

Per NFL mandate, tickets for playoff games are supposed to be 100-percent sold-out 72 hours in advance of kickoff to avoid a TV blackout. Unlike some regular season tickets which can be discounted to avoid a local TV blackout, the NFL requires playoff tickets to be sold at full price.

The Washington Post reports that the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to do away with the blackouts in pro sports entirely:

“There is evidence that after nearly 40 years, the Sports Blackout Rule has outlived its relevance and utility,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in a statement. “Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games.”

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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