Local TV blackout still possible for Pro Bowl

HONOLULU -- The NFL has granted Hawaii a second TV blackout extension for the Pro Bowl.

The league said Friday that Sunday's all-star game at Aloha Stadium must be sold out by 11:30 a.m. Saturday -- 24 hours before kickoff -- or the contest won't be televised in the state.

The original 72-hour deadline came and went Thursday, with the league granting a one-day extension. It passed Friday morning with about 1,500 tickets still available, about half the number that remained Thursday.

The Pro Bowl has sold out, usually weeks in advance, every year since moving to the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium in 1980. The 1982 game was blacked out locally, although it was sold out by kickoff.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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