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Blackout deadline extended

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The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that the team has received a  second 24-hour extension to the television blackout deadline from the National Football League.

In order to air live on local television, league rules require games to be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff. That deadline was initially 2:30 p.m. but has been extended until 2:30 p.m. Friday.

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday , the team had 3,700 tickets remaining.

"Based on the activity we've seen over the last couple days and particularly in the last 24 hours we're very optimistic that this extension will get us where we need to be," said Ron Minegar, the team's executive vice president/chief operating officer.

Tickets prices start at $54.75 and they are available through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745–3000 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.

Fans can also purchase tickets in person at the Cardinals Tempe Training Facility box office (open 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM) and at the University of Phoenix Stadium box office (open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM). Both locations will be open every day this week including New Year's Day. The stadium box office will also be open on game day beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Cardinals have sold out all 30 games played in three seasons at University of Phoenix Stadium.

They have also posted a 6-2 home record in each of the last two seasons. That 12-4 record is #1 in the NFC and second in the NFL behind only Pittsburgh and New England (13-3). The team has also averaged 28.9 points per home game in that two-year span, #1 in the NFC and third in the NFL behind New England (29.8) and San Diego (29.1)

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