With the league’s lockout problem over, it’s time to once again focus on the NFL’s blackout problem.
The first official warning of the inability to televise a game locally comes from San Diego, where the team sent out a notice that 7,000 tickets must be sold by 5:00 p.m. PT Monday, 72 hours before kickoff of the team’s preseason opener against the Seahawks.
The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
To move enough tickets, the Chargers are offering a two-game package — a ticket to the preseason game against the Seahawks and a ticket to the November 6 regular-season game against the Packers. “This is a way for fans to see Philip Rivers and the Chargers duel quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the defending NFL champs before the Packers game sells out,” the Chargers said in a release.
That assumes, of course, that the Packers game will otherwise sell out.