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Friday, October 30, 2009
Cardinals avoid first blackout in new stadium

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

You know NFL teams are close to selling out when the league agrees to offer 24-hour blackout extensions.

The extensions put pressure on fans to purchase the few remaining tickets. The league generally responds by allowing the games in question to air on local television.

That's what happened Friday, with the Cardinals announcing their Week 8 game against the Panthers will be shown locally on Fox. A blackout would have led the local affiliate to show the Vikings-Packers game locally instead. I've heard from a few people on that subject.

If you're an NFL fan living in the Phoenix area and not planning to attend Panthers-Cardinals, which game would you rather watch?