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With 12,000 tickets unsold, another blackout looms in San Diego

San Diego Chargers v Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on from the sidelines against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The San Diego Chargers are once again likely to be blacked out on local television on Sunday.

The team announced that 12,000 tickets are unsold for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, making it a near certainty that the game will be blacked out.

Although the Chargers have sold out their last six prime time games, this would be the Chargers’ eighth blackout in the last 16 afternoon games.

Barring a corporate sponsor stepping up to buy those thousands of tickets, Sunday will mark the Chargers’ third sellout of the season. San Diego’s final two home games, against the Panthers and Raiders, might be their fourth and fifth blackouts of the year.