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REPORT: No more TV blackouts for the San Diego Chargers!

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Don't worry, local fans of the San Diego Chargers. TV blackouts appear to be a thing of the past, at least for the coming season, after the NFL suspended their blackout policy.

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If it does end up being the last year in San Diego for the Chargers, at least the local fans will get a chance to watch every single play on television without having to sell out Qualcomm Stadium first.

While the league had zero local TV blackouts last season, it was still a pain for the team to deal with the weekly rush to beat a deadline, which usually ended up with the team or a media outlet purchasing up enough remaining tickets to ensure the team's next home game would be broadcast to southern California.


The National Football League will suspend its controversial TV blackout policy for the 2015 season, a person familiar with the matter said.

The league’s finance and broadcast committee made the proposal to suspend the rule. They will evaluate how the rule change played out during the season and then discuss what they will do next off-season.

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to scrap a rule banning cable and satellite providers from televising blacked-out games locally. That move, however, only removed the role that regulators play in enforcing blackouts.

Source: Wall Street Journal

This doesn't fix all of the issues currently plaguing Chargers fans, but no longer will they be forced into buying a ticket to a home game to avoid potentially missing out on the game altogether.