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Browns, Bengals narrowly avoid local blackouts in Week 16

The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have sold enough tickets to avoid local television blackouts for their respective home games Sunday.

The teams had received 48-hour extenstions from the NFL.

The Browns announced Saturday that the team had averted a local blackout within a 75-mile radius for their game against the Raiders. The team said it had distributed a portion of remaining tickets to a range of local civic organizations.

Some tickets are still available for purchase by the general public.

The Browns haven't had a blackout since the final game of 1995, the team's last before former owner Art Modell moved his franchise to Baltimore.

The Bengals also announced their game against the Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium has sold out in time to be televised live in local markets. The sellout secures six straight seasons of a sold-out home schedule for the Bengals.

Although the game is sold out, the Bengals announced there are still some tickets available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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