Monday Night Football avoids San Diego blackout

A general view of the Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers. (AFP)

A general view of the Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

The NFL's streak of airing "Monday Night Football" in the home team's market will continue.

The game Monday in San Diego between the Chargers and Indianapolis Colts was in danger of being blacked out locally, but ESPN and a few sponsors combined to buy about 9,000 tickets so the league could avoid its first "MNF" blackout since 1999.

"ESPN is pleased to have avoided the blackout and we are happy to work with local military and charitable organizations in San Diego to distribute a portion of the tickets to individuals and families who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the game," ESPN's senior director of programming Doug White said, per ProFootballTalk.com.

The Chargers were granted a 24-hour extension on Friday to attempt to sell enough tickets. The league has a history of granting extensions only when there is a good chance that the remaining tickets will be purchased, possibly by a sponsor or the team.

According to NFL policy, if not enough tickets are sold, games are blacked out in local TV markets. No NFL game has been blacked out this season in its home market.

 


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