Updated: Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012, 6:40 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012, 4:28 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts home games could be blacked out on television in the Indianapolis area this season if the team doesn't sell all its tickets but not in Fort Wayne.
WANE-TV, northeast Indiana's home for the Colts, will air games as expected. Fort Wayne is considered a secondary market to the Colts (Indianapolis is considered the primary market) and should not be affected by any possible blackouts according to WANE's legal team. Thirteen of the Colts sixteen games in the 2012 regular season are scheduled to air on CBS, including the opener September 9 at Chicago.
Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/MkEQ8g ) the team has 2,000 season tickets still to be sold. If those don't sell, the team will try to sell tickets for individual games.
The NFL recently eased its TV blackout rules, allowing local telecasts if 85 percent of seats are sold. Teams, however, can set the threshold above 85 percent if they wish.
The Colts are in a rebuilding year after releasing quarterback Peyton Manning and several veterans and drafting new quarterback Andrew Luck.
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