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Thursday, December 2, 2010
No Cards blackout despite loss streak

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The Arizona Cardinals sold enough tickets to avoid local television blackouts for their first 50 games at University of Phoenix Stadium.

They made it No. 51 this week despite taking a 3-8 record into their Week 13 home game against the St. Louis Rams.

That seems like a fairly notable achievement given the circumstances: two teams with losing records, Arizona riding a six-game losing streak, a traditionally skeptical fan base and continuing unfavorable economic times.

The Cardinals have two more home games: one against Denver on Dec. 12 and another against Dallas on Christmas. Arizona appears likely to keep alive its streak of non-blackout games though this season.

Arizona's struggles could complicate ticket efforts in 2011. Landing a quarterback to excite the fan base would help.