Detroit Lions avoid local television blackout for home opener against Philadelphia

The Detroit Lions have avoided a local television blackout of their home opener against Philadelphia.

The Lions announced Friday they had sold enough tickets to ensure Sunday's game will air live in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets. The NFL had given the team a 24-hour extension until 1 p.m. EDT Friday.

Lions President Tom Lewand said the Eagles returned a few hundred tickets from their allotment. Those tickets are available to the public, but that won't affect the broadcast.