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Colts get second extension to sell 3,000 tickets and avoid playoff blackout in Indy

01/02/2014 6:12 PM

01/02/2014 6:12 PM

It’s not too late for Chiefs fans to pick up tickets for Saturday’s playoff game at Indianapolis.

The Colts have about 3,000 non-premium playoff tickets to sell by 3:30 Friday to avoid a television blackout in the Indianapolis area.

Games ordinarily must be sold out at least 72 hours prior to kickoff to ensure that the game can be shown on local television, but because Wednesday was a holiday, the NFL has twice extended the deadline, first until Thursday and now until Friday.

Chiefs fans interested in buying tickets can purchase them through Ticketmaster ticket centers, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at

ticketmaster.com

. Prices range from $56 to $155.

The Colts have sold out 103 straight games, including the playoffs. In past seasons, teams and local television stations have ensured sellouts by buying and distributing any remaining tickets. Also, NFL rules require that playoff tickets, unlike regular-season tickets, must be sold at full price to ensure games will be broadcast on local TV.

The Colts aren’t alone in having tickets to sell. The Cincinnati Bengals also received an extension from the NFL until 3 p.m. Friday to sell the remaining seats for their playoff game Sunday against San Diego.

And Green Bay, which is staring at minus-30 degree wind chills for Sunday’s game against San Francisco, had 7,500 tickets remaining going into Thursday. The Packers also received an extension to sell the 3,000 that remained Thursday afternoon.

The last time a Packers home game didn’t sell out was January 1983, when they played the St. Louis Cardinals in a first-round playoff game in a strike-shortened season.

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