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Packers Sell Out Playoff Game; Avoid Local Blackout

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The Packers Friday announced their playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers has sold out, Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The Packers had until 4 p.m. Friday to avoid an NFL-imposed TV blackout in the three local television markets.

The franchise had to get help, though. In addition to fan sales, a group of Packers corporate partners, led by Associated Bank, purchased the remaining available tickets Friday to ensure the sellout and TV broadcast. Other corporate partners were Fox TV affiliates WITI (Milwaukee), WLUK (Green Bay) and WFXS (Wausau); Mills Fleet Farm and Bellin Health.

“We’re very thankful to Packers fans, and our partners led by Associated Bank, for ensuring Sunday’s game will be sold out,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said.

Cliff Bowers, an Associated Bank spokesman, declined to say how many tickets the bank purchased but said all the tickets will be distributed to bank employees and customers.

Chuck Steinmetz, WITI’s general manager, said Friday the Fox affiliates worked with the Packers to ensure the sellout. He called the Fox affiliates’ contribution “significant.”

“We bought a lot of tickets, and a lot of them are going to nonprofits,” he said.

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