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Packers “optimistic” there will be no playoff blackout


While other precincts are fretting over the possible blackout of a home playoff game, the Packers vowed Tuesday that they’d be on local television Sunday.

As recently as last night, they were telling folks they had 15,000 seats left, and had only knocked around 2,000 off that today.

According to Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers expressed confidence the game would be sold out, even though there were 13,000 tickets left in 80,750-seat Lambeau Field.

We’re optimistic,” Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey said.

The Packers traditionally limit purchases to four seats per transaction, but they’re lifting that to try to move extra seats.

Part of the problem is that the Packers gave season-ticket holders the option to not pay for playoff tickets when invoices were mailed out in November, and half of them did since the Packers seemed lifeless then.

Between that, a quick turnaround, an expanded stadium, and bad weather in the forecast, sales were slow.

The Bengals and Colts are also having problems, and haven’t yet expressed the same optimism.

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  1. ad2k13 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    Hahahahaha! And Packers fans still think they have the “greatest fanbase” in all of football. Hilarious.

  2. alewatcher says: Dec 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    Since when are cheeseheads afraid of the weather?

  3. detroit20iron says: Dec 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    Wait, I thought Green Bay had the best fans on the planet?

  4. f1restarter says: Dec 31, 2013 6:17 PM

    Before any Vikings fans come here and say something stupid, let me ask them one question:

    Aren’t you glad this isn’t a problem you have to worry about?

  5. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 31, 2013 6:18 PM

    5000 more seats unsold than the bengals yet pft insists on leaving the bengals article on top for 8 hours today. Is it to make the bengals look bad or because of all the hits generated by steelerraven haters?

  6. conormacleod says: Dec 31, 2013 6:19 PM

    At the end of the day, the Packer fans are no different than anyone else. I’m not criticizing them. I’m just saying, the economy, weather, holidays, a mostly dismal season, all lead to Packer fans wanting to sit at home on their couch and watch the game. Not to mention, the 49ers are favored.

  7. jayniner says: Dec 31, 2013 6:22 PM

    Could it be the fact that all these ticket broker websites(,,, etc.) use their computers(ticket-buying bots) and staff to grab all the tickets the minute they are available at face value($50.00) then turn around and sell them for $1,500?

  8. GenXJay says: Dec 31, 2013 6:23 PM

    Any sign of vulnerability can be translated to the decline to demise on this bandwagon “team.”

  9. arwiv says: Dec 31, 2013 6:26 PM

    Times are tough economically for most of us. For there even to be a possibility that Packers fans, or any fans, would not be able to watch their team on TV is disgusting on the part of the NFL and their “blackout” rules. Its all about greed….that is all.

  10. buhbay1c says: Dec 31, 2013 6:27 PM

    Best fans in the NFL, just ask them, they’ll tell you.

  11. fourthand20 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:28 PM

    $130 per ticket? That’s a lot of cheddar!

  12. jonny42671 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:30 PM

    Wait a minute?? These are the greatest fans in Sports. I thought they were Americas team?

  13. fdugrad says: Dec 31, 2013 6:33 PM

    Blackout in G. B.? No Way!!

  14. vietnambob2473 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:37 PM

    Maybe if teams wouldnt jack prices way up for playoffs,they would be able to sell out

  15. youngs79 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:41 PM

    If Aaron Rodgers would just come out, the Packers would avail themselves to a whole new group of fans, and sell that thing out lickity split.

  16. thesconnienation says: Dec 31, 2013 6:47 PM

    When you go to the playoffs almost every year, it’s not as big of a deal. I know that Lions fans and their one playoff win since 1957 understand.

  17. davibrew says: Dec 31, 2013 6:47 PM

    Hawks tickets sold out in less than 2 minutes!

  18. smartestpackerfan says: Dec 31, 2013 6:49 PM

    I thought we had the best fans. I mean we say it all the time. 😦

  19. elifan4life says: Dec 31, 2013 6:49 PM

    why freeze when I can watch the game in my man cave.

  20. dmartin17 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:52 PM

    Why pay such an exorbitant amount of money for a product that is delivered better on your couch?

  21. smartestpackerfan says: Dec 31, 2013 6:53 PM

    Maybe its time for me to join an actual die hard fanbase like the Steelers, Patriots, Vikings, Kansas City, Broncos, or Bears. 😦

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 31, 2013 6:54 PM

    This is not the place for discussion of Aaron Rodgers’ sexual disorientation. Keep it clean.

  23. thesconnienation says: Dec 31, 2013 6:55 PM

    Also Vikings and Bears fans should know too. Your franchises’ combined success in the big game is unbeatable. A strong one win in six tries.

  24. smartestpackerfan says: Dec 31, 2013 6:56 PM

    Atleast I still have this worthless $250 piece of paper……………

  25. tokyoassmaster says: Dec 31, 2013 6:58 PM

    Too funny. What about the “waiting list”? Funny there is a lack of comments from the Packer fans…..oh wait, it is 6:00 PM on New Year’s Eve – they’re all drunk by now.

  26. smartestpackerfan says: Dec 31, 2013 7:03 PM

    The Packers should buy all of us fans a “DeLorean” because we love living in the past!

  27. smartestpackerfan says: Dec 31, 2013 7:06 PM

    So is our fanbase now locked together with the Jaguars, or what?

  28. the8man says: Dec 31, 2013 7:26 PM

    Patriots fan here.

    The fact that two other games on Wildcard Weekend are facing blackouts tell us all, this is a case of economics, as in the fans feel there is something better to do with the money. Hey, maybe they are doing something that Americans need to do more of; pay for what you consume.

    Not gonna pound on any fanbase here. Playoff tickets aren’t cheap and Green Bay is a working class town.

    Let’s see how many of the four top seeds sell out next week.

  29. northbynw27 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:27 PM

    Come to the Northwest and we’ll show you what REAL football fans are. We sell out preseason games..they can’t sell out a postseason game.


  30. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 31, 2013 7:28 PM

    Meanwhile, varnish sales are on the rise in Wisconsin.

  31. imthedudedude says: Dec 31, 2013 7:28 PM

    Sure are a lot of these people afraid and jealous of the packers and their organization. Should be a good game tho. Freezing cold weather and the Rodgers return gives Pack confidence they need to beat a team that has got them last three times out. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  32. tikisays says: Dec 31, 2013 7:37 PM

    Did anyone stop to think-it’s the end of month and trailer@lot payments are due!!. Also did anyone stop to think maybe the cheese heads already spent what available cash they had on one last piece of fake stock,so they could frame it and hang it on wall in trailer.

  33. doner80 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:41 PM


  34. tokyoassmaster says: Dec 31, 2013 7:45 PM

    To anyone using “the economy” excuse – you see, the Pack fans said that was never an issue and should never be an issue to a true fan – back when the bad economy really was an issue….and of course, you should all know, they have a season ticket waiting list. Now that the economy is better (at least that’s what the King and his minions tell us), it can only be that the Pack fans realize the team has no shot to beat SF, so why bother showing up? Great fans.

  35. mackcarrington says: Dec 31, 2013 7:47 PM

    Oh great! Now we’re going to start getting rumors about the Packers moving to Los Angeles.

  36. provguard says: Dec 31, 2013 7:48 PM

    A family of four would take a lot of pesos just to sit out in the cold.

  37. stellarperformance says: Dec 31, 2013 7:48 PM

    San Francisco is coming to town. Where do you think the rumors are coming from?

  38. tncheese says: Dec 31, 2013 7:50 PM

    It’ll sell out.

  39. rasalghoul says: Dec 31, 2013 8:00 PM

    As a Packer fan I am pleased that the game is not sold out yet… it gives the NFC north trolls something to cling on to.

    The Lions, Bears and Vikings walk into a bar.

    To watch the playoffs.

  40. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 31, 2013 8:05 PM

    Work is hard to come by here, but we are faithful fans, and it would be Wisconsinful to have a blackout of our only source of pride and meaning in this cruel world. I feel so angry about the locals around Green Bay not supporting our team, I could cry. At least I don’t hurt anyone when I feel like this, as far as anyone knows.

  41. thesconnienation says: Dec 31, 2013 8:13 PM

    1985, get it? Marty McFly/Bears ONLY Super Bowl win.

  42. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:19 PM

    By the time you pay the huge mark up to the ticket agencies, $40 parking, $10 beers, $15-20 burgers and sandwiches, dealing with the badly drunken idiots and obnoxious security, and you add in the watered down product with horrible officiating the NFL has fielded this year, I can understand if none of the games were to sell out.

    Why would anyone want to pay that much money to see the possible crap that will be going on onfield when they can sit home and watch their 50″, 60″ or 70″ HD tv and eat and drink like a king for far less than they’d pay at the stadium.

    I can already hear the crying that will be going on by losing teams and their fans when the refs inevitably screw up badly during at least 1 of these games.

  43. contra74 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:23 PM

    Oh give me a break with the excuses about the economy and ticket prices. Packer fans gave Vikings fans grief about the false accusation of a playoff game blackout. Fact is it was never a threat and it was sold out. Now that the shoe is on the other foot we start hearing these excuses from the very same fan base that claims an 80k waiting list. Where are all those die hards at!?

  44. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 31, 2013 8:24 PM

    I will offer $20 for a ticket. My QB boyfriend will, too.

  45. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 31, 2013 8:26 PM

    A-Rodg immediately denied the rumor of unsold tickets.

  46. buckybadger says: Dec 31, 2013 8:41 PM

    Of course there won’t be a black out. The Packers have taken measures that it isn’t just scalpers buying up the tickets Had they not done that they would have sold out in a few hours like everyone else.

  47. shaggytoodle says: Dec 31, 2013 8:44 PM

    I feel bad for all the people making corny jokes about Mr. Rodgers.

    He we are 4 hours from 2014, and they are stuck in the 1940’s.

  48. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 31, 2013 8:51 PM

    I support every persons CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED right to “buy NFL tickets”.

  49. packerbackernj says: Dec 31, 2013 9:03 PM

    The majority of the teams in the nfl have great fan bases. Grow up kiddies. The nfl isn’t a billion dollar nonprofit organization by selling out only 1 stadium.

  50. textexington says: Dec 31, 2013 9:03 PM

    Well haters just won the Superbowl in 2010. go Pack Go!!!

  51. joe6606 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:23 PM

    I hate the Packers and their fans as much as anyone, but the problem here is the greedy way the team tried to distribute the tix.

    Yes, they were offered to season ticket holders, but you could not just purchase one game. They assumed the packers would have at least 2 home games so they charged double the normal price. And has been previously stated, this price was NOT refundable.

    So back in November, when the team stunk and Rodgers was hurt with no guarantee that he’d return this year, and now they’re surprised they’ve got tix to sell??

  52. cobaltdriver says: Dec 31, 2013 9:35 PM

    Why are Viking fans commenting? Your irrelevant team was finished in September.

  53. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 31, 2013 9:41 PM

    What kind of “Rumors” would anyone expect… From the “Head of the packers”….

  54. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 31, 2013 9:44 PM

    What did TO once say about Garcia… If it looks like a rat, and smells like a rat….

    Hmm… Rodgers, are you listening?

  55. bluestar94 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:11 PM

    They expanded the seating capacity to over 80,000 and i don’t believe they had an attendance reach that mark all year. Now they can’t sell out a playoff game. They’ll end up having to sell $250 worth of useless stock so they can start tearing out seats. Ha! Ha! Ha!

  56. richcranium2112 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:06 PM

    It’s Tuesday haters. No fear…except for the Whiners!

    Go Pack Go!

  57. hawkstradamus says: Dec 31, 2013 11:14 PM

    And the Seahawks sold out in under 30 min.

  58. stellarperformance says: Dec 31, 2013 11:14 PM

    Garcia had to deal with the same crap. Jealousy has no limits.

  59. leatherface2012 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:19 PM

    KISS played to a crowd of 250,000 in brazil in the late 80s early 90s. when has green bay packed that many into lame-blow field?

  60. christophershearin says: Dec 31, 2013 11:20 PM

    does anybody else find it absurd that the NFL can blackout any games, especially playoff games, funny how the tax payers built those stadiums, but damn them if they dont spend an absurd amount of money to watch the team live, when at home you get better coverage, its more comfortable, and you dont have to give over your first born to afford the “experience” of stupid drunk idiots wanting to fight you

  61. toes110 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:27 PM

    “Wisconsins” one profitable company better hope their “share holders” come through. If not, there may be no profitable companies in the village of tears to the east of the Great State of Minnesota..

  62. khmer379 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:44 PM

    It gona be to dam kold! Thats why

  63. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 1, 2014 12:11 AM

    Who wants to buy a ticket to watch your team get blown out in the cold?

  64. cotfmeldarion says: Jan 1, 2014 12:19 AM

    Meanwhile in Seattle…
    Next weeks game sold out in less than a minute

  65. kuhnfan30 says: Jan 1, 2014 1:06 AM

    I’m as surprised as anyone the Pack made post season. They wouldn’t have if the Bears and Vikings hadn’t handed it to them. Of course the Pack helped their cause along the way when it counted most.

    Forget about the trash talk. Forget about the weather. New season coming up. We can discuss what kind of lousy bandwagon fans we are if and when they lose. My bandwagon days started around 1970 but call it bandwagon if you want.

    Thanks NFC north teams for the gift. Looking forward to the rematch with the Niners. Hoping for an entertaining game against a fun and talented SF team.

    Go Pack Go!

  66. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jan 1, 2014 1:16 AM

    I could just be biased because my team sucks, but a home playoff game isn’t a regular occurs be. It should sell out every time.

  67. lambeauwest says: Jan 1, 2014 1:20 AM

    In any event, GB has had a sellout of every home game going back to the 1992 season I think I recently read.

    This game will sell out. I think the unexpected playoff birth surprised many people.

    The fact that even Wisconsinites don’t like to sit out in the cold may come as a surprise, especially at these ridiculous ticket prices.

  68. fondyshotgun28 says: Jan 1, 2014 1:56 AM

    If tickets weren’t so frigging expensive…a true Packer fan would rather get two months behind on their rent in order to buy some playoff tickets Too many season ticket holders wanting to scalp some suckers who are desparate to see a Packer home playoff game.

  69. ieatchickens says: Jan 1, 2014 3:18 AM

    Being trying for 12 hours to get through ticketmaster to buy tickets to this game to no avail. Ticketmaster site unavailable. Nice try trolls go away. Don’t belive everything you read on the internet. I’m a french model BTW.

  70. diveleft says: Jan 1, 2014 3:48 AM

    Even the delusional Packer fans know their squad has no chance against the Niners and that is why they are scared to show up.

  71. diveleft says: Jan 1, 2014 4:19 AM

    Uh oh. This sounds serious. Better have an emergency “owners” meeting to figure out which of “owners” isn’t buying tickets to see a team that they “own”.

  72. wnstonchill says: Jan 1, 2014 5:04 AM

    I know how they can make sure their fans buy up the remaining tickets…. Just tell tell the Packer fans that the ticket stub is an official receipt stating that they’re officially a pretend stock holder of the Green Bay Packers. The Packer fans will crawl out of the woodwork to have a crack at something as meaningful as that!
    Problem solved……

  73. oshkoshoz says: Jan 1, 2014 5:07 AM

    Went to the Atlanta game at Lambeau in December. Hundreds of empty seats. Packers overbuilt Lambeau out of sheer corporate greed.

  74. olcap says: Jan 1, 2014 6:25 AM

    I see this as another telling sign of the Goodell NFL and its slow deterioration into the equivalent of the WWE. People are losing interest, even in the historical strongholds. Good work Roger.

  75. kinvore says: Jan 1, 2014 8:13 AM

    Yeah right all these (literally) fair weather Seahawks and Niners fans pretending they’re hardcore, make me want to laugh.

    Here’s what they did to the Packers season ticket holders. After that Thanksgiving loss they told them they had to buy tickets for TWO playoff games and that (starting this year) they wouldn’t get refunded if the Packers didn’t make the playoffs, that money would instead be applied to next year’s tickets. All of this just before Christmas.

    It’s easy for you fair weather fans to say you would have bought tickets like that for your team when they’re having a good year, let’s see you have that dedication during a year like the Packers had and see if you’re still so dedicated.

    Either way these tickets are going to sell out, just not as quickly.

  76. southendzone1 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:05 AM

    Now we know why Ted picked Shaaron over Brett
    I hear they are installing rail tracks up to Lambeau Next year . “Mc Carthy Express Line”
    Instead of renaming a street. The Train will be leaving the station after next season!

  77. 1ofthepackowners says: Jan 1, 2014 11:55 AM

    It’s not really about fan loyalty. The Packers sold out Lambeau through the 70’s and 80’s. It had more to do with economics and the perceived outcome of this season.

    I have the Milwaukee package tickets. This year it would have cost me $1,500 to get into a playoff ticket pool, seeing as there are two ticket packages for season ticketholders. If you didn’t get select I think that money when towards next season’s tickets.

    Then I would have had to pay for my four seats if selected (I believe). The Milwaukee (Gold) which receives two games a year, and the regular (Green).

    I received this information about a month ago when it looked like the Packers were out of the playoff hunt.

    Besides I picked up four tickets from ticket masters for about $115, which is cheap for a Packer game on those ticket sites.

  78. wiseweez says: Jan 1, 2014 12:25 PM

    Hey hawks fans you have sold out your stadium since 2003 the Packers since 1965 looks like you got some work to do. Keep it up though shows great enthusiasm, and your great lack of reality. Seahwks are not even near the top 20 in consecutive sell outs.

  79. purpleguy says: Jan 1, 2014 12:51 PM

    Of course the game will sell out; however, it is absolutely hilarious reading the same cheeser excuses made by Vikings fans several years ago (in response to Pack fan jabs on PFT) when our playoff game didn’t immediately sell out. Pot calling the kettle black indeed.

  80. bobzombie15 says: Jan 1, 2014 2:50 PM

    I love the excuse making Packers fans are making in this comments section! You can tell it really bothers them that they are fair weather when the team wasn’t doing well.

  81. kev86 says: Jan 1, 2014 3:14 PM

    Maybe the General Store could buy up all the tickets left. Barter system.

  82. frozentundra67 says: Jan 1, 2014 3:45 PM

    This is dan Devine’s fault for throwing away our future!

  83. 1ofthepackowners says: Jan 1, 2014 4:41 PM

    Of course the game will sell out; however, it is absolutely hilarious reading the same cheeser excuses made by Vikings fans several years ago (in response to Pack fan jabs on PFT) when our playoff game didn’t immediately sell out. Pot calling the kettle black indeed.

    I went to the Packer game with some friends at the Metrodome. At that point, the Vikings were still offering season tickets for the 2013 season.

  84. juburr says: Jan 2, 2014 1:59 PM

    First of all, this is a non-issue — the game will sell out. Not a doubt in my mind. Green Bay didn’t even know they’d be hosting a playoff game until Sunday. I presume the entire state has been drunk from the end of that game through New Years.

    On a more serious note, Philadephia has a population 15 times higher than Green Bay, not to mention that Lambeau Field now has 80,000 seats, versus only 68,000 in Philly. In other words, they’ve already sold more tickets.

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