Jags, Chargers avoid local blackout

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars sold enough tickets to avoid a blackout, giving the small-market franchise seven consecutive home games on local television.

Tickets still remain for Sunday's game against Cleveland, but Jacksonville avoided a blackout thanks to a 24-hour extension from the NFL.

The Jaguars blacked out nine of 10 home games last season, making them the poster child for slumping ticket sales and creating talk that Jacksonville might not be a viable NFL market. But the team stepped up ticket-selling efforts in the past year and avoided more blackouts.

Jacksonville has two home games remaining -- against Oakland (Dec. 12) and Washington (Dec. 26) -- and has to sell more than 7,500 remaining non-premium seats for each game to avoid a blackout.

The San Diego Chargers also sold enough tickets to lift the local blackout for Monday night's game against the AFC West rival Denver Broncos.

It is just the second time in five home games that Southern California's only NFL team has sold enough tickets to allow the game to be seen in the region.

The only other game shown on local TV this season was against the New England Patriots. Games against Jacksonville, Arizona and Tennessee were blacked out.

The Chargers say they still have 2,500 general admission tickets to sell to lift the blackout for the Oakland game Dec. 5, 8,500 for Kansas City on Dec. 12 and 6,500 for San Francisco on Dec. 16.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.