With 48 hours to go before kickoff of their preseason opener, the San Diego Chargers have announced that the game will not be blacked out on local television.
But the game isn’t sold out either.
The Chargers’ announcement said enough tickets have been sold to lift the local television blackout on Thursday’s game against the Seahawks, but it also said fans can still purchase general seats as well as club seats.
If general tickets are still available, you really can’t call the game a sellout, and it’s not clear how many tickets to Thursday’s game the Chargers actually sold. The Chargers may have used the policy that allows teams to buy back some of their own tickets at one-third face value and consider those tickets as sold for the purpose of getting a blackout lifted. Or the Chargers may have taken advantage of the same policy that the Jaguars are benefiting from this preseason, with the league letting the team give away 10,000 complementary tickets for the two preseason games and count those as “sold.”
In any event, fans in Southern California can watch the Chargers’ preseason opener on TV. It remains to be seen how many Chargers regular-season games will be available on local TV.