Chargers need corporate help to lift blackout
Several corporate sponsors stepped up to help save the San Diego
Chargers the embarrassment of having Thursday night’s NFL Network
game against the Kansas City Chiefs blacked out on local TV.
The NFL Network began showing Thursday night games in 2006 and
has never had one blacked out.
The Chargers said the sponsors guaranteed the purchase of enough
tickets to lift the blackout, which at one point seemed a
certainty. Those tickets will be donated to local military bases
and military hospitals.
The team wouldn’t say how many tickets had to be sold by the
deadline of 5:20 p.m. Monday, but it was believed to be
Among the companies helping buy tickets were the local CBS
affiliate, which will show the game, and two restaurants in which
Chargers president Dean Spanos owns stock.
San Diego (3-4) has lost three straight games, including two in
which it blew double-digit leads in the second half. The Chargers
lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday and hasn’t scored a touchdown in
six straight quarters.
Kansas City is 1-6, tied with Carolina and Jacksonville for the
NFL’s worst record.
The Chargers had tried to move tickets to the Chiefs game by
packaging them with tickets to a more attractive Monday night
matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Oct.
The Chargers have had one game blacked out this season, a loss
to Atlanta on Sept. 23.