SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers failed to sell enough tickets to avoid a local television blackout for the third time this season, the team announced Thursday.
It’s the second week in a row in which a home game will be blacked out in San Diego. Interest has waned during a 4-7 season and fan frustration over an off-season decision by team president Dean Spanos to retain 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 for local television viewing. Ticket purchases by area companies helped the Chargers avoid a fourth blackout, against Kansas City.
The NFL requires that general tickets be sold out 72 hours before kickoff for a telecast to be shown in a local market — though extensions are routinely granted when a team is close. Pricier club level seats do not apply to league rules.