Disaster mostly averted: Of the three teams facing the prospect of local TV blackouts for their wild card playoff games, two have achieved sellouts—sort of—and the third appears close. And it's all thanks to the benevolence of corporate America.
The Colts, Packers, and Bengals all appeared set to miss their Thursday deadlines to sell out, which, as per the NFL's horrible rules, meant the games could not have been shown in local markets. But all three teams received 24-hour extensions from the league. This morning the Colts announced that they had sold out, and the Packers followed suit. The Bengals haven't given an update on the number of tickets remaining, and their deadline is at 4 EST.