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Chargers-Bengals game to be blacked out in Southern California

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The San Diego Chargers' home game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals will be blacked out in Southern California, the NFL announced Thursday.

About 11,000 tickets remained unsold 72 hours prior to the 1:25 p.m. PT kickoff.

Even under the NFL's new blackout rules -- which allow a home team to lift the local blackout if 85 percent of the stadium's capacity is sold -- the game still didn't meet the TV requirements with more than 16 percent of the tickets available.

The 4-7 Chargers are mired in one of their worst seasons in a decade and the 6-5 Bengals are not known as a large draw on the road.

This will be the team's eighth blackout in their last 16 afternoon games. The blackout extends to the Los Angeles area as it falls within the 75-mile radius dictated by the NFL.
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