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Impact on Community if Bengals Game is Blacked Out
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- The Cincinnati Bengals still need to sell 8,000 tickets for Sunday's home playoff game to avoid the game being blacked out.
The Bengals host the San Diego Chargers in Sunday's Wild Card game and at the moment an deadline extension has been requested by the Bengals.
The original deadline is at 1:00p.m. on Thursday, 72 hours before kickoff. If the Bengals don't sell out, it will be the first time since 2002 that an NFL playoff game has been blacked out.
The first home playoff game since 2009 is expected to generate tens of millions for the region and Adriatico's pizza in University Heights is hoping for its slice on consumer spending. Manger Greg Reinhard says Bengals games are huge for the restaurant.
"It's almost like a Super Bowl for us, we will get a lot extra business out of it."
Additional staff is scheduled for Sunday's game and Reinhard says a black out will crush business.
"It would be a big hit for us, it would be, we are talking thousands of dollars in revenue. We would have to send staff home because we wouldn't have the business."
Cincinnati isn't the only team facing a potential black out, Green Bay and Indianapolis are still trying to sell out. The NFL granted the Colts an extensive on Wednesday