Packers, Colts, Bengals avoid blackouts; Active military, veterans get remaining tickets FREE



Meijer, Kroger, and Proctor and Gamble have bought up the remaining tickets in Indianapolis and Cincinnati and are giving them away to military families, active military and veterans. Awesomeness:

ESPN – The Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals all sold their remaining playoff tickets during an NFL-imposed extension Friday to avoid having their games blacked out in local markets this weekend.

The Bengals announced the sellout for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers with less than an hour to go until the NFL’s mandated 4 p.m. deadline.

Fans and a group of Packers corporate partners, led by Green Bay-based Associated Bank, purchased the remaining available tickets Friday. The Packers began the week with 40,000 tickets available.

Meijer, a corporate sponsor, purchased the final 1,200 tickets to the Colts’ home game against the Kansas City Chiefs and has donated them to local military families, the team said in a statement.

Now that the game is a sellout, it can be shown on TV in the Indianapolis area.

According to the Bengals, corporate sponsors Kroger and Proctor & Gamble bought “thousands” of tickets Friday to keep Sunday’s first-round AFC playoff game against the Chargers from being blacked out in the Indianapolis market.

The tickets snatched up Friday have been donated to a pool that active and veteran military personnel can pick up for free at select Kroger stores Saturday.

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