In the NFL’s hopes that the Cincinnati Bengals continue their current 44-game regular season and postseason game sellout streak, the league has granted the team an additional 24 hours to fill the stadium to avoid the dreaded “blackout”; the game must be sold out by Friday at 1:00 PM (local time) in order to be televised.
As is usually the custom in the ‘Nati, team ticket manager Andrew Brown issued the obligatory “a few thousand seats are available” mantra and when the issue was pressed further, Brown conceded that less than 5,000 seats remained for the game against the Denver Broncos Sunday. The last time a Bengals game was blacked out was back on november 9, 2003 against Houston.
On a somewhat related note, the NFL announced that blacked out games would be available for viewing on the league’s website, NFL.com, for free on a delayed basis; the blacked out games would be available at 12:01 AM on Monday following the preceding week’s contests and would be available for 72 hours, except for ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts. According to league commissioner Roger Goodell:
“We understand that the economy is limiting some families and corporations from buying as many game tickets as they had previously. These free re-broadcasts on NFL.com will allow our fans that can’t get to a blacked-out game an opportunity to see the entire game.”
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