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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Cardinals get blackout extension

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The NFL granted a 24-hour blackout extension to the Cardinals, giving the team extra time to sell enough tickets for its Week 8 game against Carolina to appear on local television.

The team has experienced the NFL's largest percentage increase in local television viewership from 2008 to this season, but ticket sales for some games have lagged. A rough economy explains part of the problem. The Panthers are not a marquee opponent.

It's tough to blame the Cardinals at this point. They are 4-2 and coming off a road victory over the Giants. They appeared in the Super Bowl last season. Their stadium is terrific.