Posted January 03, 2014

NFL will have no Wild Card blackouts after Bengals announce sellout

Cincinnati Bengals (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Bengals have hosted two playoff games at Paul Brown Stadium — and they lost both. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Three of the four Wild Card weekend games were in danger of being blacked out in their local market as late as Thursday afternoon.

But thanks to last-minute scrambling, all three — the Colts, the Packers and now the Bengals — will be seen on television. The Bengals announced Friday afternoon that Paul Brown Stadium is sold out for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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The Bengals’ original deadline to sell out the game was 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, but they were granted an extension.

Like the Colts with Meijer, the Bengals got help from a supermarket chain, Kroger, which purchased a substantial number of tickets with the intent of giving them to military families.

The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990.

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I think one question we are not asking that we should be asking is "why?". It's the NFL, right? These are playoff games right? These things should sellout rather quickly. I know Indy has some fairweather yayhoos, but Green Bay? How in all that is righteous in the world does THAT happen? Is the NFL on it's way down? Me thinks yes.


Saints have consistently proven they can't win on the road. Bundle that with arctic conditions in Philly and they will be one and done.


This right after the NFL defends its blackout policy against scrutiny


1st Round




49ers (only wildcard round lock, the rest should be good games)


@MikeHuser1Even more...

Free to watch at home

Don't have to deal with drunks or obnoxious idiots

Easier to follow the game

Don't feel as cheated if the game is poor

Problem with Green Bay in this case is that not only is it a small town, but it's out of the way.  Milwaukee; Madison; any other city of decent size are both several hours away.  Perhaps a worthwhile drive most times; but with the costs and this freezing weather plus ever-increasing reasons to stay home... Yeah even the Packers fans have a breaking point.

Matthew W
Matthew W


High ticket prices

High parking prices

High concession prices

The weather

Lines for the bathroom

Lackluster aura around the games themselves

Increasingly bad referring having adverse affects on games

 Yeah....I wonder why....