As meaningless games go, they don’t get more meaningless than the last game of the preseason. All are played on a Thursday night; none are televised by the league’s broadcast partners.
And yet in San Diego, where the Chargers struggle to sell tickets to games that count, the blackout of the preseason finale against the 49ers has been lifted.
The team announced the development on Tuesday, a day after announcing the 72-hour deadline had been extended by 24 hours to sell 1,100 non-premium ticket.
The preseason game also coincides with the team’s 25th annual Salute to the Military, with the Chargers holding a walk-through practice on the USS Ronald Reagan on Wednesday.
It’s unclear how many tickets were purchased by the team and/or sponsors at 34 cents on the dollar. Still, it’s not a bad sign for the regular season that the Chargers at a minimum got close enough to a sellout to enable someone to write a check for the rest.