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Blackout averted again

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 26, 2009

A local television blackout for Sunday's Browns-Raiders game was averted Saturday when the Browns elected to purchase the remaining unsold tickets and distribute a portion to local charities.

The 1 p.m. game will carried by WOIO Channel 19.

According to a Browns' press release, the tickets will be divided among several local civic organizations, including the USO.

A Browns game has not been blacked out locally since the season finale in 1995, after it was announced that the franchise was moving to Baltimore.

The Browns received a 48-hour extension because of the holiday. A blackout of the Dec. 6 home game against San Diego was averted when the Browns and several local sponsors purchased and distributed the remainder.

Tickets for the Raiders game are still available for purchase at ticketmaster and at the stadium box office, which opens at 9 a.m. Sunday.

There are also tickets remaining for the Jan. 3 home finale against Jacksonville.


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