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Sponsors save NFL teams from embarrassing blackouts

It doesn't look like any NFL Playoff games will be blacked out this weekend – but Colts, Packers, and Bengals fans can thank the teams' sponsors more than they can thank themselves.

In Indianapolis, Meijer bought 1,200 tickets and will donate them to military families. In Green Bay, a group of corporate partners (headed by Associated Bank) and fans finished off the ticket sales. Meanwhile in Cincinnati, Kroger bought a "large quantity" of tickets to donate to military veterans and personnel – but the team still hasn't sold out as of 1 PM. Good for Meijer and Kroger for donating the tickets to military personnel though – that's a solid move.

It's pretty sad that this has become such a talking point over the last week, but the absolutely gross weather conditions in Cincinnati and Green Bay at least provide some sort of justification for tickets not selling as quick as one may expect. None of these teams will be hosting a game next weekend, but if one ends up hosting either the AFC or NFC Championship game, I wonder how brisk the ticket sales for those games will be.

UPDATE: Procter and Gamble bought the remaining Chargers-Bengals tickets to ensure there wouldn't be a blackout in Cincinnati.

Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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