Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
The blackouts have begun in Detroit. The Lions weren’t close enough to a sellout Thursday to petition the NFL for a deadline extension, and so Sunday’s game against Washington will not be televised within a 75-mile radius of Detroit.
The team had 10,000 tickets remaining as of late Wednesday. That’s too many to merit an extension; last week, the Lions got one because they had only 1,700 tickets remaining for their home opener against Minnesota. The game was eventually sold out and televised locally, but the actual turnstile count (56,269) indicated there were at least 8,000 no-shows at Ford Field.
The Lions had five of their last six home games blacked out last season, and you wonder how many games they’ll sell out this season. The annual Thanksgiving game, scheduled this year for Nov. 26 against Green Bay, has the best chance of a sellout.
Remember, if you live in the Detroit area, you can still watch the game online at NFL.com beginning at midnight Sunday.