Originally created 12/30/00

Dolphins don't sell out



Miami Dolphins fans will be in the dark today, the telecast of their team's NFL playoff game against Indianapolis blacked out in South Florida because it did not sell out in time.

It's the first NFL playoff blackout in seven years,

The blackout in Miami occurred when 7,500 upper corner and end zone seats priced at $64 remained unsold on Friday. It will be the first time in 17 years that a Dolphins home playoff game will be blacked out locally. The last Miami home playoff game to be blacked out was Dec. 31, 1983, against Seattle.

After getting two extensions of the NFL blackout deadline, the New Orleans Saints announced Friday morning that today's game against the Rams had been sold out and the blackout lifted.

Philadelphia Eagles' fans can thank Fox television for the chance to watch their team's first playoff appearance since 1996.

The team had until 4 p.m. Friday had to sell 65,358 tickets at Veterans Stadium and avoid a blackout. The Eagles said they had 1,500 tickets remaining Friday and Fox Philadelphia agreed to buy them if they are not sold by game time.

The last NFL playoff game to be blacked out was Green Bay at Detroit in 1993. The only other playoff game blacked out in the past 16 years was in 1992 between Houston and Buffalo.