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01-02-2009, 02:51 PM
First time in my memory that NFL playoff games aren't a sell out. Tough times for people so they can't spring for the money for a seat at the game. Maybe annual price increases have pushed the prices just to high. This would be a major blackeye for the NFL if they couldn't sell out a playoff game in Arizona of all places. The cardinals have never hosted a playoff game in Arizona and the fact they can't sell it out is another anecdotal sign that this economy is in terrible shape.

I suspect the NFL will swoop in before kickoff and buy up all the left over tickets so the game is televised locally. It will be interesting how many empty seats are available in the nosebleed seats.

Blackout? Fans still not sold on Vikings playoffs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP)—Plenty of good seats are still available for Minnesota’s playoff game against Philadelphia.

The Vikings reported 8,000 tickets remaining at noon New Year’s Day for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. The NFL has granted an extension until 3:30 p.m. local time Friday to reach a virtual sellout, but the possibility of a local TV blackout looms.

The blackout would not only encompass the Twin Cities, but secondary markets in the region as well. It includes satellite, cable and over-the-air systems, so nobody in the area could watch the game unless they’re in attendance at the Metrodome.

Vice president of sales and marketing Steve LaCroix said the team has hired extra holiday help to solicit potential buyers. The Vikings haven’t had a game blacked out since 1997.


Arizona gets another blackout deadline extension

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)—The NFL has granted a second, final 24-hour extension of its television blackout deadline for the Arizona Cardinals’ wild card playoff game against Atlanta on Saturday.

The team has until 2:30 p.m. on Friday to sell its remaining tickets. A sellout crowd is necessary for the NFL to lift its blackout of the home television market.

The NFL had already extended the deadline 24 hours to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. In a news release, the team said 3,700 tickets remained.

“Based on the activity we’ve seen the last couple of days and particularly in the last 24 hours, we’re very optimistic that this extension will get us where we need to be,” said Ron Minegar, the Cardinals executive vice president and chief operating officer.