For the first time in 19 seasons, the Chiefs will have a regular-season home game blacked out on local television.
The Chiefs announced Thursday afternoon that the 5,500 tickets still available for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns had not sold by the noon deadline. The NFL rule is that tickets must be sold 72 hours before kickoff.
It’s the first time since December 16, 1990 that a Chiefs regular season game at Arrowhead will not be on local TV. That day, Houston grabbed a 27-10 victory. That’s a string of 156 regular and post-season that have been broadcast. If you factor in the pre-season games starting with the 1991 season, that number is 193 consecutive Chiefs home games of all kinds that have been available without charge.
The game cannot be televised in a 75-mile radius of the Kansas City metropolitan area. That includes stations inside the radius and those that broadcast into the 75-mile circle around Kansas City.
The DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket broadcast of the game will be unavailable to zip codes inside that radius. CBS stations in Wichita, Omaha, Jefferson City-Columbia, Springfield, Pittsburg, Dodge City/Hays and Sioux City. The contest will be available on NFL.com at midnight Sunday and will remain available for three days at no cost in the Kansas City area.