SAN DIEGO ---- The NFL has a new rule that allows each team to relax the local television blackout standard. The Chargers will decline that option. Teams taking advantage of an offer to drop the blackout-lifting level from 100 percent of general tickets sold to as low as 85 percent 72 hours prior to kickoff must do so by July 15. While it sounds like a slam dunk on the surface, easing the blackout policy comes with consequences too severe for the Chargers to accept.
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