GREEN BAY —The Green Bay Packers say the team is optimistic that Sunday's home playoff game will be sold out and a TV blackout can be averted.

NFL rules say they if the game isn't sold out by 72 hours prior to kickoff there will be a blackout in local TV markets, including Green Bay, the Fox Cities, Milwaukee and Wausau.A blackout would not impact the Madison market.

The deadline is 3:40 p.m. Thursday with 7,500 tickets yet to be sold. The Packers could ask for a deadline extension.

With a long waiting list for season tickets, not selling out a playoff game is an unusual scenario for the Green Bay Packers. The last time a Packers home game didn't sell out was in January 1983 when they hosted the then St. Louis Cardinals in a first-round playoff game in a strike-shortened season.

Part of the reason tickets are available is that an early deadline for season-ticket holders to reserve tickets arrived when the team was mired in a five-game winless streak.

In addition, temperatures are expected to be frigid Sunday, with a high only in the single digits and the night-time low falling well below zero.

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WI_Expat
WI_Expat

Typically, at the last moment before the deadline, a ticket buyout will occur. It could be an Owner, like Jerry Jones has done, the broadcast entity to ensure viewers, or advertisers to protect the investment they have made.

Those tickets have then been turned and donated to charitable groups.

John_Galt
John_Galt

My health insurance cost doubled due to Obamacare. That makes luxuries like Packers tickets out of reach now.

spherro
spherro

Solution: When they pay people to shovel Lambeau Field $10.00 hr - They should let them have the option of $10/hr cash or $12/hr towards a ticket. You will have a bunch of people shoveling for tickets this week.

G Gordon
G Gordon

I'm shocked considering the hundreds of thousands of new, high paying, private-sector jobs our governor has attracted to the state recently. What is wrong with people?

Maybe If 100 of my neighbors and I get together we can pool all of our property tax savings and buy one ticket. Will that help?

toobad
toobad

hmmm, they're also '000s short of sellouts in Cinci and Indy so it's not Walker. Maybe a more appropriate conclusion would be the 0bama depression we've been under for the last 5 years.

Galileo
Galileo

We're safe from blackout. On the other hand, when games are on monday night/ESPN/NFL , Milw & GB get to watch them on regular tv, but we don't get that luxury.

smallfry
smallfry

Walker can help out and use his book money to buy some, seeing it's not working!

Galileo
Galileo

11,000 tickets is a lot of money, he only sold 7000 books.

This blackout thing should be shut down, serves no purpose anymore.

Buckyz
Buckyz

Tickets cost too much, but forking out hundreds of dollars for faux Packer stock is well worth it?

gobi
gobi

No , the stock is worthless. People buy it to hang on their walls, almost like a picture or art. You are correct on both ends , high cost tickets and high priced stock certs.

saveme
saveme

It sounds like Madison is safe in case of a blackout. Affected areas would be GB/Fox Cites, Milwaukee, and Wausau.

saveme
saveme

It sounds like Madison is safe in case of a blackout. Affected areas would be GB/Fox Cites, Milwaukee, and Wausau.

gobi
gobi

Might be the fact that tickets are $100 plus apiece and it 's going to be cold. You reach a point where people can only afford so much. Post- Christmas bills and a team that frankly is not the best Packer team we have seen ( injuries will do that) probably play into this also. In the end it's entertainment. Not a necessity.

witness2012
witness2012

gobi, that's why I'm not going. I can handle the cold, but I simply cannot afford to spend that much money, which is more if you include gas, parking, etc., for a single game.

If prices could be reduced, the game would sell out in a day.

w8rh3wk5
w8rh3wk5

Does anyone know if Madison is part of the blackout policy for the Packers??? I know there is a 75 mile radius that Madison falls out off, but the league does make exceptions (Milwaukee is blackouted if no sell out)

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