It’s a Festivus miracle.
With an extended extension for selling enough tickets to allow the Week 16 game against the Vikings to be televised locally, the Bengals have pulled it off. The team has announced that the contest will indeed be broadcast.
Of course, many believe that the mere granting of an extension means that enough tickets will be sold, since many believe that an extension won’t be granted by the NFL absent a commitment by the team seeking it to purchase any remaining tickets at 34 cents on the dollar, an amount which represents the league-wide visiting team’s share of ticket sales.
Maybe that’s why the NFL really opposes the FCC’s efforts to scuttle the blackout policy. Without the blackout policy, the franchises that consistently sell out wouldn’t be able to tax those teams that periodically don’t.
The Bengals are in danger of missing the playoffs, but they can still capture the No. 2 seed by winning their final two games (both at home), if the Patriots lose only once.