Chargers game blacked out
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and the
Miami Dolphins will not be shown on local television, the team announced Thursday.
On Tuesday, the team announced that 7,200 tickets needed to be sold by Thursday's blackout deadline. Only about 700 were sold.
According to NFL policy, a home game cannot be televised locally if it
is not sold out 72 hours prior to its start time. This includes all signals
within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and areas where the television signal
reaches that 75-mile zone. The blackout also affects all telecasts, including
cable and satellite.
Last week, the team needed to move 4,600 tickets for the game against
the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers gained a 24-hour extension from the NFL,
and the game ended up being televised to area fans. No extension was granted
More than 6,500 tickets remain available for sale.
This is the first blackout of the season. In 2010, three of the first
four games were not shown on local television.