Chargers get ticket sales extension

SAN DIEGO -- For at least another day, the San Diego Chargers averted becoming the first team in more than a decade not to have a "Monday Night Football" home game televised locally in their market.

The Chargers announced Friday that the team applied for and received a 24-hour extension to try and sell nearly 9,000 tickets to lift the local television blackout of Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:40 p.m. ET, so the team has until 8:40 p.m. ET Saturday night to sell enough tickets to avoid the blackout.

The last "Monday Night Football" game subjected to a blackout was the final game of the 1999 season, when Atlanta hosted San Francisco.

The blackout radius locally is 35 miles, so Chargers fans in Orange County or Los Angeles would not be affected, and would be able to watch the games at home.

"We've got to go out and play regardless," San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. "We want as many fans (as we can have) at the stadium. It's always great to have a sellout, and when we've been at home we've had a great crowd, a great atmosphere and a lot of energy at the stadium."