Ravens blacked out on local TV Sunday Nearly 7,000 tickets left for Bengals game

September 04, 1997|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

With nearly 7,000 tickets left for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Memorial Stadium, the Ravens have announced that the game will be blacked out on local television.

The Ravens' next three home games are sold out.

"Based on the [sales] movement of the last two days, it does not have a chance of selling out [by today at 1 p.m.]," said Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne.

"We knew it was going to happen at some point, and we knew it would be more likely to happen at Memorial Stadium than the new stadium. We still have tickets available for our last three games. Those tickets will go once the team starts winning."

Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda agreed.

"You have to win wherever you are," he said. "Fans who have been there have been electrifying with support. The bottom line, though, is winning."

The Ravens sold out all eight home games last season, but last week the club needed to ask the NFL for a 24-hour extension of the blackout deadline for its opener vs. Jacksonville.

Three local companies and WBAL-TV agreed last Friday to buy the remaining 2,500 tickets that had to be sold to ensure the game would be seen on local TV in Baltimore.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

When: 1 p.m., Sunday

Site: Memorial Stadium

TV/Radio: Blacked out on local television; WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Bengals by 1 1/2

Tickets: About 6,800 remain

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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