The San Diego Chargers say enough tickets have been sold to lift the local television blackout of their game Sunday against AFC West rival Oakland.
The Chargers needed a 24-hour extension from the NFL, until 1:05 p.m. Friday, to sell the remaining tickets to lift the blackout. The usual deadline is 72 hours before kickoff.
The game was already scheduled to be shown in the L.A. market. It goes head to head with Fox’s coverage of the Minnesota-Green Bay contest.
According to statistics provided by the Associated Press for some reason, this is the 43rd consecutive regular-season or postseason Chargers home game to be televised live in their home market. The last regular-season blackout was on Nov. 7, 2004, against the New Orleans Saints. The team’s longest streak of consecutive games televised live is 44 set from 1979-84.
Yes, they keep these kind of stats in the NFL.
Also, the Arizona Cardinals filled the extra 24-hour extension to sell out their home game against Carolina on Sunday. It also goes head-to-head with Minnesota-Green Bay — in fact, the sellout now means those in Arizona and North Carolina will be forced to watch the Cardinals-Panthers, and not the Vikings-Packers, because both are on Fox.