Don't expect to watch the Dolphins and Chargers battle at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday unless you're planning on attending. The game won't be shown on local television. But some NFL fans may rejoice anyway: the Bolts blackout means Channel 8 will show Sunday afternoon's Patriots-Raiders game from Oakland.
With more than 6,500 tickets (plus some more pricey club seats) still to be sold as of Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline, the NFL didn't even offer the Bolts a 24-hour extension as has happened on occasion in the past. Games not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff are blacked out in the local market, per NFL policy.
All signals within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and those areas in which the signal reaches within that 75-mile zone are affected, whether network, cable or satellite. That means you also can't see the 1:15 p.m. Chargers game on TV in L.A., which also will get the Pats-Raiders game.
The Bolts can be heard live on radio at KIOZ Rock 105.3 FM and XTRA Sports 1360 AM in the San Diego area, as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio. Fans in the blackout area will be able to watch a replay of the Dolphins-Chargers game on NFL.com beginning at midnight on Sunday night.
The next Chargers home game isn't until Sunday, Nov. 6, and a blackout threat shouldn't be a worry considering the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will be in town.