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

approximately 10,000.

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.

15.

The Chargers have had one game blacked out this season, a loss

to Atlanta on Sept. 23.