Lions avoid blackout
The Lions will be on television for Sunday's game against the Steelers, after making Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline for a sellout.
While there are still tickets remaining, according to team spokesman Bill Keenist, the Lions sold the 1,500 they had remaining as of Wednesday, satisfying the NFL's blackout regulations.
The game will be shown locally on WWJ-TV (Ch. 62), called by Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts.
The Lions needed an extension from the NFL to sell out their home opener against Minnesota on Sept. 20, but the Washington game a week later was blacked out. An announced crowd of 40,896 — the Lions' smallest home crowd in over 20 years, and nearly 25,000 short of capacity — was on hand at Ford Field for the Lions to break their 19-game losing streak.
Pittsburgh, the defending NFL champion, and the winner of Super Bowl XL at Ford Field, was an easier sell this week.