Four NFL games could be blacked out on local television this Sunday as teams scramble to sell tickets before Thursday afternoon's deadline.
The Chargers are the most likely to have a blackout, their second of the season, as 7,000 tickets remain for their Week Four game against the Cardinals. The Chargers' home opener was blacked out after nearly 8,000 tickets were unsold.
The Rams are at risk of a blackout despite coming off a 30-16 Week Three win over the Redskins. They had 8,000 tickets unsold for their game against the Seahawks, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Rams used a 24-hour extension from the league to sell out their game last week.
The Raiders host the Texans on Sunday in another potential blacked-out game. The Raiders had their home opener in Week Two blacked out.
The fourth team is the Jaguars, who have avoided blackouts in their first two home games this season. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Jaguars had 525 tickets to sell to avoid a blackout, according to The Florida Times-Union.
The way we see it
Last week, the Buccaneers' game was blacked out and one pub tapped into live Internet feeds for fans to watch. Fans also paid to leave the 75-mile blackout radius to watch the game. Fans want to see their teams play, but Florida and California's economies have been hit hard — and that's where many potential blackouts in the NFL take place. The only bright spot is the Jaguars' success so far to avoid blackouts, even with a 1-2 record.