Saturday, September 22, 2001

Blackout might be lifted

Bengals may be aired on local TV

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The NFL is considering lifting its local TV blackout rule this weekend, which means the Bengals-Ravens game Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium might be shown live in the Greater Cincinnati market.

        League policy is that games that do not sell out by 1p.m. Thursday for a 1p.m. Sunday game — 72 hours before kickoff — are not shown in the home market.

        The Bengals-Ravens game is not sold out, the eighth time in 10 games in the new stadium that the Bengals have failed to sell out.

        “Any decision on lifting the blackout would be made (today),” league spokesman Dan Masonson said Friday. “The announcement would come from the individual teams.”

        The NFL and its teams have planned elaborate patriotic ceremonies before this weekend's games and want as many Americans to participate as possible.

        The league postponed its Sept.16-17 schedule in the wake of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks.

        On Sunday throughout the league, giant U.S. flags will be unfurled on fields by local firefighters. NFL Films has created a video that will be shown on television and on stadium scoreboards. The league also will give fans small flag placards and a pamphlet listing the words to patriotic songs.

        There will be a special version of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and recording artists Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie and Mary J. Blige will be among the performers of “America the Beautiful.” The Boys Choir of Harlem and members of the New York City fire and police departments also will sing.

        Bunting that reads “United We Stand” will hang in all NFL stadiums. A moment of silence for victims who died or were injured in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania also will be observed.


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