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Chargers avoid blackout, so Favre's not on in San Diego

The good news for southern California football fans is that the Chargers-Raiders game will not be blacked out.

The bad news is they won’t be able to watch Brett Favre play against the Packers at Lambeau Field unless they have DirecTV.  Chargers-Raiders will take the late game slot, and there won’t be a game going opposite the home team. 

The blackout rule gets criticism annually, but this policy can also hurt the fan that loves the whole league rather than just the home team.  The San Diego Union-Tribune talked to the league about it this week.

“It protects the home-team gate,” NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said this week. “We don’t put a game on against any home team at any time.
. . . We want those people to go to the game.”

With only the Lions game blacked out this week, Brian McCarthy from the NFL tweeted Friday that 93% of games have been shown locally this season.

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21 Responses to “Chargers avoid blackout, so Favre's not on in San Diego”
  1. Electrogasm says: Oct 30, 2009 6:11 PM

    Um… so what?
    The real crime is that the Denver @ Baltimore game isn’t on.

  2. Contra says: Oct 30, 2009 6:15 PM

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 30, 2009 6:02 PM ET
    The good news for southern California football fans is that the Chargers-Raiders game will not be blacked out.
    ==========
    The good new for southern California football fans WAS that the Chargers-Raiders game WOULD be blacked out!

  3. CouldCareLess says: Oct 30, 2009 6:16 PM

    As if anyone in So Cal wanted to see the raiders .
    12k people just canceled their cable and installed foil antennas to see the GB game.

  4. Bob Nelson says: Oct 30, 2009 6:19 PM

    Raiders at Chargers is a CBS game.
    The Packers non primetime games are broadcast on FOX.
    Why would there be any conflict?

  5. Gautam says: Oct 30, 2009 6:26 PM

    Gregg, you have got it completely wrong … check this -
    http://www.the506.com/nflmaps/

  6. twinkletoes says: Oct 30, 2009 6:27 PM

    There are more ways to watch any game other than DirecTV (unfortunately for DirecTV).
    Personally, as a hapless Raiders fan, I don’t mind watching them on NFL Rewind, which is a great service. There’s not much to gain by watching your team lose live versus the following day.
    NFL Rewind is an awesome service if you’re broadbanding. Too bad the NFL didn’t think of something like this before farming out broadcasting rights to the dish people.
    If it weren’t were NFL Sunday Ticket, there would be no DirecTV.

  7. Contra says: Oct 30, 2009 6:29 PM

    @ Bob…writing in your lame style
    Shut
    Up
    Bob
    Nelson
    .

  8. Raydahz says: Oct 30, 2009 6:46 PM

    Is this a policy that just started this year? Only showing one game at the 1PM PST slot, when the “local” team is playing at home? I don’t remember there so many Sundays with only one late game being shown. Also, San Diego should not be considered local team for most southern california residents. San Diego is 125 miles away from LA. The Chargers are considered San Diego’s team and San Diego is usually not referred to as a part of Southern California/Los Angeles/Orange County. They like to think of themselves as their own little place and LA metro residents are happy to leave them be.

  9. Raydahz says: Oct 30, 2009 6:49 PM

    THANK YOU Gautam! That didn’t make any sense, Gregg. Appreciate you wasting all of our times.

  10. Gregg Rosenthal says: Oct 30, 2009 6:53 PM

    Gautam: The NFL’s spokesman’s quote in the article refers to the practice of not televising games against the home market team.
    So if the Chargers are on, Fox’s game isn’t shown. The Union-Tribe article goes into more depth on the issue.

  11. pacmanisathug says: Oct 30, 2009 6:55 PM

    Vikings – Packers game is blacked out in Nashville too. No way in hell would i watch the 0-6 Titans game, so it’s “hello, sports bar!”

  12. GoBrowns19 says: Oct 30, 2009 7:05 PM

    Come on guys, is it that tough to figure out. Sure, each city has fans of other NFL teams in it. But the majority of fans in an NFL market are fans of the home team. They don’t televise a game opposite it because they figure most people are going to be watching the home team. No matter how bad that team is…see Browns. Personally, I’m glad the Browns are on every week. They suck and all, but it’s still the team of most interest to me. At the very least it’s fun to find stupid things that players do in a blowout and write about it on here.

  13. Fan of Football says: Oct 30, 2009 7:13 PM

    “The bad news is they won’t be able to watch Brett Favre play against the Packers at Lambeau Field unless they have DirecTV. Chargers-Raiders will take the late game slot, and there won’t be a game going opposite the home team. ”
    There are games opposite the home team all the time Mike.

  14. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 30, 2009 7:25 PM

    “The good news for southern California football fans is that the Chargers-Raiders game will not be blacked out. ”
    The good news for San Diego football fans is that the Chargers-Raiders game will not be blacked out.
    Yeah, I know that you don’t get much farther south in the Golden State than San Diego, but generally speaking it’s understood that the term Southern California refers to the Los Angeles / Orange County area. It’s a nit-pick, sure, but I (as a Southern California football fan) don’t really care that the Chargers-Raiders game won’t be blacked out.
    Fortunately, the NFL and the Networks have more-or-less stopped trying to shove these two teams on us as a “Home Team,” so we get decent games on TV with some regularity.

  15. JimmySmith says: Oct 30, 2009 7:27 PM

    The good people of Southern California will have plenty of opportunities to watch the vikings…..come 2012 when they move out to LA.

  16. Mark0226 says: Oct 30, 2009 7:42 PM

    Surprise, surprise, the earlier warning about the impending Chargers blackout was a FALSE ALARM, yet again.

  17. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Oct 30, 2009 8:31 PM

    Last time I checked, in So Cal NFC plays on Fox and AFC plays on CBS. The two games have nothing to do with eachother in terms of games being shown.
    Just another Florio flub

  18. Gautam says: Oct 30, 2009 8:52 PM

    oh well …. I thought there was some hope for people in Southern California lol

  19. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Oct 30, 2009 9:02 PM

    Did Rosenthal just write Favre?
    Oooooh man I gotta get my dibbs in on this one. 50+ comments coming soon to a PFT theater near you.

  20. Lavasse says: Oct 30, 2009 10:33 PM

    The rule is the team playing AT HOME only has one game on in it’s market when the home team is playing. That’s why JACKSONVILLE can show the GREEN BAY-MINNESOTA game but NASHVILLE can’t. It’s league rules to ensure sellouts. If you can only see one game they figure you might go there and see it live.

  21. Draft King says: Oct 30, 2009 10:34 PM

    Likewise as “pacmanisathug” posted above, I’m in the Nashville market and I’ll be going elsewhere (my brother’s house where they have NFL Sunday Ticket) to watch the 3 p.m. CT Packers/Vikings game.

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