The first extension didn’t do the trick. The second one got it done.
The Chargers have announced that Sunday’s home game against the Chiefs has been sold out, and that it will be televised in the San Diego area.
As of Thursday, 3,500 non-premium tickets needed to be sold. The number was down to 1,350 on Friday, when another 24-hour extension of the 72-hour deadline was granted.
The Chargers have warned about possible blackouts this year, but every regular-season game has been sold out.
UPDATE: Moments after the e-mail arrived from the Chargers announcing the lifting of the blackout, another e-mail from the Chargers showed up, recalling the first e-mail. So maybe the game hasn’t been sold out, after all. The deadline is 4:05 p.m. ET.
SECOND UPDATE: As of 3:48 p.m. ET, the Chargers re-issued the announcement that the blackout has been lifted. A cynic might think that the Chargers held the announcement in the hopes of selling some more of the tickets that were purchased by the team and/or the local CBS affiliates that will televise the game.