Chargers' final preseason game blacked out

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers announced on Monday that the team’s final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium will be blacked out locally in Southern California since the game was not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff.

The NFL’s policy affects all telecasts, including cable and satellite. More than 9,000 general tickets remain available.

Instead, KFMB-TV, CBS 8, will deliver a delayed telecast of Thursday night’s preseason matchup between the Chargers and the Cardinals beginning at 1 a.m. ET immediately following the game.

The game kicks off at 10 p.m. ET. The delayed telecast will also be shown in Los Angeles and Orange County on KCAL-TV, Channel 9 beginning at 3 a.m ET. The telecast will be delivered in Spanish on Telemundo in San Diego at 2:30 a.m.

Thursday’s game is unusual in that both teams will meet again the following week in the regular-season opener at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sept. 8. So it’s likely that both teams will rest their starters on Thursday.