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Bengals Face Friday Deadline to Sell Out Playoff Game or No TV

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- After a solid day of ticket sales, the NFL has granted the Bengals an extra day to sellout Sunday's Wild Card playoff game and avoid a television blackout. 

At 9 o'clock Thursday morning, the team still had 7,200 tickets for the first round game with the San Diego Chargers.  The league deadline for selling out Sunday games is normally 1pm on Thursday.  The team has until 4pm Friday to sell out.

"We are in active conversations with the NFL, with national partners, local partners and leading companies in Cincinnati to see if they can help us," Bengals Sales and Public Affairs director Jeff Berding said Thursday morning.  "And we will continue to have those discussions today and likely tomorrow."

Apparently those discussions bore fruit.  The team won't say how many tickets businesses agreed to buy but thanked Fifth Third Bank, Cintas, United Dairy Farmers, Cincinnati Insurance Company , Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse and others for their help.  Jeff Ruby acknowledged that he bought 100 tickets to distribute to military families and challenged other businesses to do the same.

At the start of business Thursday, 3 of the 4 playoff games scheduled for this weekend had not sold out.  The NFL also granted the Indianapolis Colts a second extension to try and sellout its Saturday game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Green Bay Packers are also having difficulty selling out.



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