NFL rules state that a game must be sold out (by the league's standards) 72 hours before the start of a home game in order for it to be televised. That comes at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening for the Chiefs who host the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night.
Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star writes that if Ticket Master is any indication a blackout is "imminent."
"A request for six tickets put me in the lower level about the 10-yard line," Teicher writes. "A request for eight put me in the upper level at the 50-yard line."
That would mean that the game wouldn't be televised in Kansas City.
It's possible the Chiefs are close to selling out and request a 24-hour extension from the league. If the league thinks they can do it, then they'll grant the extension. But if the Chiefs have quite a few tickets left, they may not even ask the league.
What makes this even more discouraging for the Chiefs is that it's their first game in what they've dubbed the 'New Arrowhead', the renovated stadium.
Considering the Chiefs had trouble selling out the end of the 2009 regular season, they can't be too surprised about not selling out a preseason game.