Ticketless fans are going to have to find something to do at 1:15 p.m. on game day.
For the second time in a month, the San Diego Chargers have failed to sell enough tickets to prevent a broadcast blackout. The team, which has the NFL's eighth-highest prices, said Thursday that more than 6,500 general-admission tickets remained unsold at Thursday's deadline. NFL rules require a blackout if a game isn't sold out 72 hours in advance.
"This includes all signals within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and those areas whose television signal reaches within that 75-mile zone," according to the Chargers Web site. Some people have speculated that fans would have to travel all the way to Santa Barbara or El Centro in order to watch the Chargers take on the Arizona Cardinals.
The Chargers were also blacked out for their home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 19. It was the team's first blackout of a regular season or post-season game since 2004.
The Chargers, Southern California's only NFL team, say there could be several games blacked out this year.