Chiefs Blacked Out

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After narrowly escaping their first blackout in nearly 20 years last week, the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t so lucky this time around, the team announced.

In accordance with NFL guidelines, the Kansas City Chiefs final home game of the 2009 season against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, December 20th will not be televised in a 75-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  NFL rules require host teams to declare their sellout status no later than 72 hours prior to kickoff at which time the public is notified that a television blackout will occur if remaining tickets have not been sold.

The television blackout will also extend to those television stations located outside the 75-mile radius, but whose reach extends to homes inside it.  The DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket broadcast of this game will also be unavailable to zip codes inside that radius.

The game will be available to fans, however, on CBS affiliates in Wichita (KS), Omaha (NE), Jefferson City-Columbia (MO), Springfield (MO), Pittsburg (KS), Dodge City/Hays (KS) and Sioux City (IA).  The game may also be heard via radio on KCFX-FM (101.1 the FOX), the flagship of the Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network, and its many affiliates throughout the Midwest.  The Chiefs radio broadcast may also be heard on Sirius 154.

The contest will be posted on NFL.com beginning at midnight the day of the game and remain available for 72 hours at no cost in the Kansas City area.

Well, this certainly sucks.

In a season where Chiefs fans have had very little to hold their hats on, now we don’t even have the longest sellout streak in the league.

Is in the end of the world?  No, of course not.  There are much worse things than listening to Mitch and Lenny but it’s just a shame that ownership couldn’t step in and keep this streak alive going into next season.

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