The local television blackout of Saturday’s Miami Dolph
MIAMI (AP) _ The local television blackout of Saturday’s Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns AFC divisional playoff game was lifted Friday night, less than 24 hours after the game sold out, said an National Football League official.
Dolphin and NFL officials had previously said the game would not be shown in the Miami area because tickets remained unsold by the blackout deadline Wednesday. In order for a game to be televised, tickets must be sold out 72 hours before game time. The final tickets were sold Friday.
But because the deadline happened to fall on New Year’s Day, and because of complicating factors surrounding the New Year’s holidays - including the Orange Bowl game - the playoff game was given special dispensation, according to a NFL official who said he didn’t want his name published.
Also on Friday, the Dolphins activated defensive back Mike Kozlowski to provide additional depth for their National Football League playoff game against Cleveland.
Kozlowski replaces defensive tackle Bill Barnett, who was placed on the injured reserve list with a sprained shoulder.
Kozlowski played mostly on special teams and in sure passing situations early in the season. He made 17 tackles before suffering an ankle injury.
Kozlowski will be eligible for Saturday’s AFC semifinal matchup between the 12-4 Dolphins and the 8-8 Browns.
Each playoff team is allowed one additional roster move during the playoffs. The Browns made theirs Thursday when they replaced offensive tackle Paul Farren with tight end Harry Holt.
Farren started the first 13 games for the Browns before injuring a knee. Holt made 10 catches for 95 yards and one touchdown before sitting out the final five games of the regular season with a knee injury.