Cardinals Avoid TV Blackout
The Arizona Cardinals sold enough tickets to avoid a local television blackout of Saturday's first-round NFC playoff game at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Cardinals sold the necessary remaining tickets today after being granted a second one-day extension of the blackout deadline by the NFL.
Normally, a game must be sold out 72 hours before kickoff to lift the local TV blackout.
The NFL today granted a second one-day extension to the Minnesota Vikings to sell enough tickets to Sunday's first-round NFC playoff game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles to avoid a local TV blackout there.
The Vikings have until 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday to sell their remaining 3,100 tickets.
The nation's economic crisis might be affecting ticket sales for the playoffs. Regular season ticket sales mostly went unaffected because almost all of those tickets were sold before the economy worsened.
"The uncertainty is what you're really trying to deal with here," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last weekend in Baltimore. "We're like everyone else. We're not immune to what's going on. Our business partners are affected. Our fans are affected. I think it's something that we're keeping a close eye on. As an example, we reduced postseason ticket prices this year, and I think all of our clubs will be sensitive as they make their own decisions on ticket pricing for '09. But I expect that it will impact us because our fans are being affected directly."
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