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Bengals Fans on the Potential Blackout
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Three NFL teams will get an extra day to sell tickets to avoid the first NFL playoff black out since 2002.
The Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers were all granted a deadline extension by the league Thursday.
The Bengals are not releasing hard numbers; however, as of 9AM the team said it still needed to sell 7,200 tickets. Weather could be a factor sales are down, but Bengals fan Troy Pehkle says that's not stopping him from going to the game.
"Drives me crazy, I think fans have gotten soft, it drives me absolutely crazy," said Pehlke.
Pehlke and his friend, Ralph VanNostrand, live in Lexington, KY, but are in town for this weekend's playoff action.
"Him (Pehkle) and I go around the country watching ball games and we never get a ticket ahead of time. We just plan to come up and we get in," said VanNostrand.
At the moment it's unclear if the Bengals game will be televised locally. But University of Cincinnati Economic Researcher, Jeffry Rexhausen, says the game could generate about $14 million for the region.
"Some of the people are going to be coming from outside, Lexington, Dayton, and all the other places that are around here where there are Bengals fans," said Rexhausen.
This weekend, Pehkle and VanNostrand are doing just that, spending money. Bars, restaurants, and hotels will all be cashing in on the game; however, Rexhausen says not everyone will fully profit from an extra home game.
"About the only people that are not going to experience a little bit of a windfall because of the playoff game is the Bengals organization," said Rexhausen.
During the playoffs, the NFL gets 100% of ticket sales. The Bengals will only pull in concessions sales and a portion of merchandise sold.