San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers announced this afternoon that enough tickets have been sold to lift the local blackout for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. The game will be shown locally on CBS 8 and San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts and former Chargers linebacker and fan favorite Billy Ray Smith will call the game.
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To quote Pro football Talk’s Mike Florio.
"It isn’t officially football season until the San Diego Chargers start sending out press releases regarding whether their home games will be blacked out on local TV."
The San Diego Chargers have dealt with blackouts and potential blackouts the past few seasons due to to fan unrest and disappointment in the way the team was performing and being run.
Last season the San Diego Chargers re-energized their fan base with an unlikely playoff run and besides the preseason games (which are always hard to sell) the San Diego Chargers shouldn’t have any blackout issues this season. With intriguing home opponents like the Seahawks, Patriots, Rams, Jets and a proven fan base that has always supported the team when its doing well. As shown by their streak of 48 straight sellouts from 2004 to 2010.