DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- Nearly 17% of the NFL's teams had big problems selling tickets this week. That's already cost fans in 9% of its markets a televised home game this Sunday.A season-high three teams -- the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions -- failed to sell out their home game 72 hours before kickoff, violating the NFL's blackout policy, running the league's blackout total for the season to 13 games in eight weeks and bedeviling CBS ( CBS) and News Corp's ( NWS) Fox's local affiliates. For those keeping score, that's 23% of the home markets for the league's televised games this Sunday. The St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, needed an extension from the league to sell their remaining tickets. The Rams are getting really familiar with this system, as they signed on for their third extension of the season.
|Fans of the Detroit Lions join the television blackout club this week after failing to sell out a game against the Washington Redskins.|