Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN and other sponsors save Chargers from blackout


According to a report from the Associated Press, ESPN and other sponsors have saved the San Diego Chargers from having a local TV blackout for their Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts.

ESPN purchased 8,500 tickets for the game, and “says it will give a portion of the tickets to military and charitable organizations.”

As was reported by multiple outlets, the NFL gave the Chargers a 24 hour window to secure a sellout for the game and avoid the blackout.

San Diego sits at two wins and three losses and appears on track to have a similar record to last year’s 7-9.  The Chargers had four blackouts last season, according to the report.

Last Sunday on super late Thursday Night Football –wait, what? – the Chargers lost 27-17 at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for over 400 yards on 36 of 48 passing, but also had three interceptions in the loss.  They ran for just 36 yards as a team on 19 carries in a game that saw running back Ryan Matthews go down with a concussion.

Matthews has passed all of the NFL mandated concussion tests and is probable to play in the now non-blackout game.

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  • arnie

    The Chargers had a chance to reduce the sell out rate by 85% capacity. Hey as long as sponsored keep bailing them out I can see why the Spanos declined.

  • 1961 Fan

    The Bolts should have kept Fozzy Whitacker; Mathews is not durable and will never be the quality of player someone whould expect of a first round draft pick.