A blackout in Detroit

October, 23, 2008
10/23/08
1:50
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

We regret to report that Sunday's game between Detroit and Washington will, in fact, be blacked out locally.

Let's all have a moment of silence for the Lions' 51-game sellout streak. It was a nice run.

The team announced the blackout Thursday afternoon. With so many tickets remaining for the game -- 5,000 as of the announcement -- the Lions did not receive an extension from the NFL. As a result, the game won't be carried on local television in the Lions' viewership radius.

If you live within that radius -- roughly 75 miles from Detroit -- but have the NFL Sunday Ticket, my understanding is that you still won't be able to see the game. The blackout will be based on the zip code of your billing address.

This will be the first blackout in the seven-year history of Ford Field.

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