The NFL is refusing to budge on their television blackout policy this season because of the recession.
The recession has made football tickets an unaffordable luxury for many people. Under the NFL rule, a game must be sold out 72 hours in advance before it may be aired in a team's local TV market.
In the first two weeks of the season, five teams, including the Chargers, have needed 24-hour extensions to sell out tickets. Now three cities, including San Diego, could be in danger of blackouts this weekend.
An outside study of the 96-97 NFL season found the policy harms the community as a whole. It suggested lawmakers pressure the league to change the policy.
A spokesperson for the league acknowledges tickets prices are steep, but says the blackout policy is crucial to selling those tickets.
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