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Chargers Could See Fourth Blackout this Season

The team announced that it needs to sell 13,000 more tickets for Sunday's game.

The Chargers are on the verge of a blackout after announcing Monday that 13,000 tickets are unsold for Sunday's contest against Carolina.

Teams have to sell all of their tickets by 72 hours before kickoff to have a game televised in their home markets, per National Football League policy.

Teams that are close to a sellout by the deadline are usually granted an extension. Unsold tickets in the expensive club level at 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium are not counted under NFL rules.

Fans interest has waned over the course of a 5-8 season that has seen the Chargers squander several fourth-quarter leads. Last week, it was reported that team president Dean Spanos has already decided to fire head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith after the final game, though Spanos called the reports "pure speculation."

Recent home losses to Baltimore and Cincinnati were not televised in Southern California, and an early season setback to Atlanta was also blacked out. A prime time contest against Kansas City aired only because corporate backers bought up a bunch of tickets before the deadline.

-City News Service

Theotis December 11, 2012 at 05:32 AM
They are a good team
Libi Uremovic December 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM
it's a little hard to believe that blackouts are the best way to get people to root for the team... it seems that it would have the opposite effect to the masses...
Larry Ansley December 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Just tell them to leave SD and go somewhere else. Tired of supporting them and their total lack of fan appreciation !!!
Jay Berman December 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
GREEDY CHARGERS !!! Go to LA ... don't let the door ......
Doug Curlee December 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
jay.. as you well know, it ain't the chargers doing this.. it's the NFL..it's the league's rules, NOT the team's.. all this will, however, make it easier for the chargers to make their case for leaving for L.A., or wherever the spanos family can get to build them a new stadium to play in.. and if you were wondering why the chargers don't just cut ticket prices to sell out.. well, that's against the league rules, too.. doug
Jay Berman December 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Doug, I so don't give two craps about the Chargers or the NFL ... all the money the city laid out to fix Q for them ... ticket guarantees and such ... let them go to LA ...
Galactic Cannibal December 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Jay Berman ... Hey Dude . Why not three craps, or even 11 craps.
Doug Curlee December 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
well, jay.. if you "so don't give two craps about the chargers or the NFL".. why did you bother to post here in the first place?.. just curious.. doug
SoCal 4 Me December 11, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Game Tickets are so expensive. Then include parking, food, gas to/from, after game traffic grid lock, etc. Now we have hi def. large screen LED televisions with surround sound, ability for playback and slow motion fwd/rev with DVR, snacks and cold beer in the fridge and the comfort of your own home.
sheeple herder December 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Doug, do you realize Spanos can buy the tix (at a discounted rate) and be "Santa" for a month and lift the blackout while donating them to whom ever? Want to know why they don't? It cuts into their profits.... Merry Christmas, sheeple!
JOhn December 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
FYI even if the Chargers leave, the City will still have to maintain the Stadium. It would be cheaper in the long run to work with the NFL and the Chargers and build a new Stadium. Build a state of the art stadium, you get a few Superbowls, and then market the stadium maybe work with U.S.C. or U.C.L.A. to have say a kickoff classsic football game in September. If it was marketed right the Stadium could generate enough tax revenue for the city, that the stadium would pay for itself.
Doug Curlee December 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
john..the minute the chargers pack up and move out, that stadium will be slated for destruction, so the land can be put to much more productive uses.. read that as "more tax revenues coming into the city"..developers are dying to get their hands on that land.. the demise of the stadium will also mean the demise of the san diego state aztecs as a major college football power, because they won't have any place to play that meets the NCAA minimums for seating.. doug
Jay Berman December 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM
So the city should spend a billion bucks to build a stadium in which so few will be able to afford to actually go to a game ? LOL ! Spanos wants a stadium, he can build it ... to spend so much to benefit so few should be a crime ...
Doug Curlee December 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM
actually, i'm not sure the league will allow him to even do that.. doug
JOhn December 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Did not say the City should spend a billion bucks. But it should be a partnership with the NFL and Chargers picking up most of the TAB. The 1998 Superbowl generated almost 300 million in revenue to local business with the city getting about 16 million in tax revenue for that one event. Doug it would be a shame to lose the bowl games. The city of San Diego would lose allot of money without that income. Doug the City signed a 10 year lease with SDSU in 2009, the upkeep of the Stadium is about 10 million a year, so not knowing what kind of clauses the City has with SDSU the Stadium will not be going anywhere anytime soon. If done right it would be a win win for the City. City of Arlington gave the Cowboys 400 million for their stadium and they are on track to recoup that money earlier than planned.
michael d. December 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
its always been about the $$$$.. does the nfl control all lives ?? let the chargers go.. . sell the land..why prolong whats going to happen down the line .. being born and raised here for 65 years.. i have sold out many times..why not them,the city,all of them , thats the REAL game.
michael d. December 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
cool comment !!

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