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Blackout averted

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 4, 2009

The Browns, WOIO-Channel 19 and several local establishments combined to purchase the few thousand remaining tickets to allow Sunday's 4:05 p.m. home game against the San Diego Chargers to be televised locally.

The Browns (1-10) were facing their first television blackout since the regular-season finale in 1995 against Cincinnati, after the team had announced the franchise was moving to Baltimore.

The Browns will distribute tickets to the Cleveland Foodbank, the United Way, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other local organizations. Local establishments and Channel 19 will reward patrons with ticket giveaways, some available by merely visiting their locations.
A complete listing of those businesses is available on

Tickets are still available for the Dec. 27 game against Oakland and the Jan. 3 game against Jacksonville.


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