Matchup of 1-8 Lions and Browns leads to blackout on TV in and around the Motor CityBy AP
Thursday, November 19, 2009
NFL’s Browns-Lions gets TV blackout in Motor City
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions’ home game against the Cleveland Browns will be blacked out on local TV.
Lions spokesman Bill Keenist confirmed Thursday the team did not sell 7,000-plus tickets that were available the previous day.
The game featuring two 1-8 teams will be not be shown on TV in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets. CBS owns the broadcast rights to the game.
Detroit has sold out two of its five games at Ford Field this season: its home opener and a game against Pittsburgh in which Steelers fans might’ve outnumbered Lions fans.
The Lions drew just 40,857 fans the last time they were at home — their smallest crowd in two decades — and had just 40,896 fans watch their lone win against Washington.
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