INDIANAPOLIS (NBC33) - Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Colts game will not be blacked-out after all. SportsCenter tweeted Friday that a corporate partner bought the final 1,200 tickets to Saturday's AFC Wild Card game.
Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that Meijer bought the final 1,200 tickets and will be giving them to local military families.
"BLUE OUT, not black out," @JimIrsay says. "Meijer's a superstar in our community."
.@Colts We're pleased to offer these! We understand how important it is to support the communities where our customers & team work and live.— Meijer (@meijer) January 3, 2014
Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. on NBC33. Football Night In America pregame coverage begins at 4 p.m.
The Indianapolis Colts were given an extension of a looming deadline that would avoid a blackout of Saturday's AFC Wildcard playoff game.
The Colts now have until 4:30 p.m. Friday to sell their remaining tickets to keep the game televised.
As of around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 3,000 tickets remained for the game against the Kansas City Chief at 4:35 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
NFL rules require teams to sell out home games 72 hours before kickoff to avoid blackouts. Rules apply also to playoff games.
Primarily, the blackout would apply to WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.
Additionally, the NFL considers Fort Wayne a secondary market for the Colts; and NBC Affiliate Relations confirmed Thursday afternoon that the game would be blacked out for viewers on WISE-TV, NBC33.
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