The Chargers still have a chance to avoid the first Monday Night Football blackout in 14 years.
On Friday night, at a time when it was expected that the Chargers would announce they had failed to sell out Monday night’s game against the Colts and therefore couldn’t show it on local television, they instead announced that they have received a 24-hour extension.
That means the Chargers have until Saturday night to sell the nearly 9,000 unsold tickets to Monday night’s game. If they sell the tickets, the game will be on local TV in the San Diego area. If not, local fans won’t be able to watch on TV, and a Monday Night Football game will face a local blackout for the first time since the final week of the 1999 season.
The NFL typically only awards 24-hour extensions to teams that have a good chance of getting the blackout lifted. It may be that the Chargers have given the league office an assurance that they either have a sponsor in place that will buy the remaining tickets, or that the team itself will buy the unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar, as all teams are allowed to do if they want to avoid a local TV blackout. So far this season no games have been blacked out and every NFL game has been shown on local television in its home market.