SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Chargers announced Tuesday that 12,000 tickets for Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals need to be bought to avoid a local television blackout.
If nearly all of them aren't sold by early Thursday afternoon, the telecast would be blacked out in Southern California for the second week in a row, per National Football League policy. Pricier club level seats are exempted from the NFL's television rules.
It would be the third time this season local fans would not be able to see a Chargers home game. Interest has waned during a 4-7 season and fan frustration over an off-season decision by team president Dean Spanos to retain head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.
Last week's 16-13 overtime loss to Baltimore and an early season 27-3 setback to Atlanta were also unavailable on local TV. Ticket purchases by area companies helped the Chargers avoid a fourth blackout, against Kansas City.