If the teams are unable to sell those tickets by a Thursday deadline, their respective playoff games will be blacked out on local television.
Several reports had the Bengals’ total at around 10,000 tickets still available for their playoff game against the San Diego Chargers as of Tuesday afternoon. In a statement released by the team, via FoxSports.com, the Bengals addressed the fact that it may not sell all of the them unless ticket sale rates increased.
“NFL playoff games are rare and wonderful chances for communities to showcase their communities in front of a national TV audience of roughly 30 million viewers. The Club appreciates the support we are seeing and remains excited about next Sunday’s game. However, we need to be candid that — unless the rate of daily sales increases — we will not achieve a sellout, and the game will not be televised in Cincinnati, Dayton or Lexington, Ky., per NFL policy…”
While perusing Twitter a few moments ago, I came across a tweet from former Bengals’ wide receiver Chad Johnson responding to the situation, claiming he would purchase any remaining tickets to help the team avoid the embarrassing television blackout fate.
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) December 31, 2013
So not to fear Cincinnati, it appears Ochocinco has your back.