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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Chiefs face first TV blackout in 19 years

By Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs are in danger of not selling out a home game for the first time in 19 years.

The team announced it has 3,500 tickets to sell by Thursday's deadline for Sunday’s game against Buffalo in order to avoid a local television blackout. The team will likely ask for a 24-hour extension until Friday afternoon to avoid the blackout. The last time there was a local blackout in Kansas City was Dec., 16, 1990.

“This has unfortunately become a more common occurrence in several NFL cities this year,” said Chiefs COO Mark Donovan said in a statement. “The possibility of a blackout is caused by a combination of the current economic climate, inclement weather in December, a non-divisional opponent and our record.”

The Chiefs aren’t given fans much to be excited about. They are 3-9 and have lost their last two games by a total of 60 points.

Meanwhile, Kansas City cut defensive lineman Kenny Smith, who was signed earlier this season. He appeared in six games and had three tackles. He had played in an NFL game prior to this year since 2003.

UDPATE: Arrowhead Pride reports the Chiefs signed rookie running back Kestahn Moore. He gives depth to a position that has been hurt by injuries. An undrafted rookie, Moore is making his third stop in the AFC West. He had cups of coffee with both Denver and San Diego this year.