Packers up against the clock to sell 7,500 tickets by this afternoon or face blackout
The NFL is giving the Packers until 3:40 this afternoon to sell 75-hundred remaining tickets for Sunday's playoff game -- or else it might not be shown on T-V in eastern and north central Wisconsin. The league's deadline is often extended in most cases, and coach Mike McCarthy says he does not believe there will be a problem getting the sellout. He predicts that Lambeau Field will be quote, "an incredible environment come Sunday ... and these are the games are fans live for." Yahoo Sports says the high price of attending N-F-L games is scaring a lot of people off. Thousands of tickets also remain for two other playoff games this weekend at Cincinnati and Indianapolis. That's almost unheard of for playoff games -- especially in Green Bay, where newborns are put on the season-ticket waiting list with the hopes of getting them long after they've become adults. The last time the Packers did not sell out a playoff game was in 1983, after a season shortened by a strike. The last regular season game not to sell out at Lambeau was in 1959. If this one's not sold out, T-V stations in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Wausau would have to black it out under N-F-L rules. Thousands of Green Bay season ticket-holders rejected two chances to buy their seats for Sunday's Wild Card game. Reports said many fans were miffed that the Packers would no longer refund the required advance payments for post-season games not played -- and the money would simply carry over to next season's tickets. The weather forecast might also be scaring off some fans. It's supposed to be dry on Sunday, but only getting up to six-above.