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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Chargers get extension to avoid blackout

By Eric D. Williams

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers announced that the franchise received a 24-hour extension from the NFL by Thursday’s deadline to sell enough tickets to lift the local television blackout of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium.

According to the team, more than 3,000 general tickets need to be sold by 4:25 p.m. ET on Friday. The Chargers were the first team in the NFL to have a game blacked out on local television after failing to sell more than 4,000 tickets for the team’s home contest against Cincinnati last week.

The Chargers also asked for a 24-hour extension earlier this year for a "Monday Night Football" contest at Qualcomm Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 14 with nearly 9,000 tickets remaining. However, the team announced the following day that a group of local sponsors, along with ESPN, guaranteed the purchase of enough tickets to lift the local television blackout.

San Diego had four home games blacked out last season.

If the blackout is lifted, the game will be telecast by Fox Sports, and seen in San Diego on Fox 5 and in Los Angeles and Orange County on Fox 11.