Cardinals avoid TV blackout

Updated: October 30, 2009, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals' game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday has sold out.

After the NFL gave the defending NFC champions a 24-hour extension on the television blackout deadline, the Cardinals announced the sellout Friday.

Also, the San Diego Chargers said enough tickets have been sold to lift the local television blackout of their game Sunday against AFC West rival Oakland.

The Chargers needed a 24-hour extension from the NFL, until 1:05 p.m. Pacific Friday, to sell the remaining tickets to lift the blackout. The usual deadline is 72 hours before kickoff.

This is the 43rd consecutive regular-season or postseason Chargers home game to be televised live in Southern California.

The last regular-season blackout was on Nov. 7, 2004, against the New Orleans Saints. The team record for consecutive games televised live is 44 set from 1979-84.

The Cardinals said they had just under 1,000 tickets remaining Thursday and the NFL extended the deadline.

Arizona has now sold out all 38 games at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, which opened in 2006.

However, this was the third time this season Arizona needed a 24-hour blackout deadline extension from the league.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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