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Blackout averted

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 12, 2009

The Browns, ESPN, Bud Light and WJW Channel 8 combined to purchase the less than 2,000 tickets that remained for Monday night's home game against Baltimore, averting the first local television blackout since 1995.

According to the Browns' press release, the four groups will distribute the unsold tickets to the USO and other local organizations.

WJW acquired the local rights for non-cable subscribers. The game will also be shown on ESPN. The blackout deadline was 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are still available for all but one of the remaining home games -- Dec. 6 against San Diego, Dec. 27 against Oakland and Jan. 3 against Jacksonville. The Thursday, Dec. 10 game against Pittsburgh is sold out.


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