Packers, Bengals and Colts have deadlines extended to sell out games, avoid local blackouts

The Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers are in danger of not selling out their home playoff games this weekend, but the NFL has granted all three teams extensions to avoid local blackouts.

The Colts and Bengals both were granted extensions on Thursday, per the Associated Press, and ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky reported that the Packers have more time to sell out Lambeau Stadium.

NFL rules state that teams must sell out 72 hours before kickoff — even for postseason games — to have a game broadcast in the local market, which is defined to be within a 75-mile radius. One-day extensions can be granted if the NFL believes achieving a sellout is possible or likely.

The NFL hasn't had a playoff game blacked out since 2002, per Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

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