Chargers staring at first blackout of the year

While the San Diego Chargers have been playing hardball with key components of a team otherwise poised to contend for a championship, we’ve been wondering whether the franchise’s refusal to make a financial commitment to core players like Shawne Merriman, Vincent Jackson, and Marcus McNeill would prompt the fans to refuse to make a financial commitment to the franchise.

If the first preseason game is any indication, the answer is “yes”.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that more than 8,300 tickets remain for the team’s preseason opener.  If the tickets aren’t sold out by Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. PT, Saturday night’s home game against the Bears won’t be televised live in the Chargers’ home market.

Acee’s advice?  “Prepare to watch on tape delay.”

31 responses to “Chargers staring at first blackout of the year

  1. Who cares about preseason games? Who wants to pay full price to watch a bunch of third guys that won’t even be on the team when the regular season starts? This has nothing to do with McNeill, Jackson, and Merriman. This is why we need to eliminate two preseason games in exchange for games that actually matter and have real football players playing real football.

  2. So where’s the threat of moving to L.A., Florio? It seems as though every time some team is facing a blackout, they are on the L.A. watch list.

  3. Charger fans are too busy surfing and getting botox to care about a whiny immature beeyatch like RIVERS. KOWABUNGA STONERS.

  4. Blackout on a preseason game in sunny, vibrant San Diego? Oh No! Pilgrim please, nothing going on here people, keep moving…

  5. This is the biggest reach I’ve ever seen. Preseason games are always blacked out in San Diego. If you had the beach and the mountains, would you really shell out full price to see a bunch of third-stringers battle for a spot on the roster?

  6. Let me get this straight, a preseason game isn’t sold out in San Diego on a Saturday afternoon?
    I can’t believe people aren’t standing in line to purchase full price tickets; it’s not like there’s anything else to do around San Diego in early August.

  7. Do Pre Season games sell out for most teams? I know they package them as much as they can with season tickets, but the product is so poor for what you pay.
    Yeah, the Chargers have sell out issues. Used to be, it went untalked about because the city quietly bought them. Now, not so much.
    The team is pretty damn good to not sell out, but I don’t think of San Diego as a die hard sports town.

  8. Oh no, they can’t sell out a preseason game. In other news there looks some empty seats in Green Bay for Packers family night on NFL Network, I guess Green Bay is going to have problems too eh?

  9. I can’t believe the stupid stories appearing here. It is pre-season, it means absolutely nothing in the standings.

  10. i dont understand what the owners think, im not privy to all the money issues, nor am i an accountant, but when you look around the nfl its really pretty simple, for the most part, the team that pays its players are the ones that win, and not just on the scoreboard but in the bank accounts aswell, what goes around comes around, and with the current cba, and if there is no football in 2011, there will be alot more stadiums with seats available!

  11. Like selling 50,000 tickets is really something to talk about… I’m sure the cities that do sell out have shenanigans invovled, theres still only going to be a 1000 people sitting there at the end no matter what team.

  12. After that stellar performance in the playoffs last year I can’t imagine people not wanting to see this group of superstars in live action! Yeah, lets get the season started folks. Great expectations from the pre-season polls, as usual.
    And the same predictable ending on a cold field in January. God it must suck to be a Charger fan!

  13. VJ, MM & Lights Out wouldn’t see much playing time in the first preseason game anyway, so I doubt that’s the reason the game isn’t sold out. The real reason is that with so many other things to do in San Diego there’s little incentive to watch practice squad talent when the tickets cost as much as it does to watch real NFL talent.

  14. Florio is just a typical media hack. Too lazy to do any real research if the result will contradict his angle. Sure, the game won’t sell out – just like most preseason games in America’s Finest City. But when the season starts, the teams six- year straight streak of sell outs won’t be at jeopardy.

  15. This no sell out talk gets old. The Bolts sold out something like 140+ regular season consecutive games. This includes the 08-09 season when the country faced economic and financial collapse. The notion that a slightly less than sold out pre-season game against a re-building NFC North team somehow translates to doom for locally televised games during the real season demonstrates how little “news” there is to report on the NFL at this time of year. Yaaaawwwwnnnn.

  16. “Who cares about preseason games? Who wants to pay full price to watch a bunch of third guys that won’t even be on the team when the regular season starts? This has nothing to do with McNeill, Jackson, and Merriman. This is why we need to eliminate two preseason games in exchange for games that actually matter and have real football players playing real football.”
    Shut the f*ck up.

  17. If I lived closer to my team, I would buy season tickets…right after the preseason was over. I can’t believe season ticket holders are forced to purchase preseason tickets. The NFL either needs to treat these games as the exhibitions they are and slash prices or make the games worth coming to with extras and give aways. Of course I think getting rid of two preseason games and adding them onto the regular season is probably the worst idea in the history of sports…which is probably why Florio supports it.

  18. “BoltDaddy says:
    August 10, 2010 7:01 AM
    This no sell out talk gets old. The Bolts sold out something like 140+ regular season consecutive games. This includes the 08-09 season when the country faced economic and financial collapse.”
    False. The last blackout of a regular season game was November 7, 2004, against New Orleans. The Chargers had preseason blackouts last year as well. And at least three times last year, the Chargers had to get an extension to avoid a blackout of a regular season game. This includes a game against their division rival Kansas City.
    This for a team that has reached at least the second round of the playoffs for four straight years.

  19. Who cares? The problem is what florio has been pointing out all along….The NFL wants it’s franchises to sell out on a season ticket basis. When there are almost 10,000 seats left to be sold on a season ticket basis that means you are worse off than Jacksonville, who only needs to sell 4,000 season tickets to be sold out on a season ticket basis. HAHAHA…you are worse than Jacksonville. Dont worry though, I already have my tickets for the week 2 game against the Chargers in San Diego. There are over 250 Jags fans traveling to that game for a party weekend and the game…yet we are the ones with crappy fans?

  20. I think it’s funny how everyone is “oh this is only preseason – non story”. But you know if the article was Jaguars instead of Chargers everyone would be “off to LA , herp derp derp”

  21. HooskerDo,
    The Chargers moving up the coast a few miles to a city they’ve already once existed in is a MAJOR difference compared to the Jags uprooting and moving 3,000 miles away.
    The Chargers have a Stadium Issue & Minor Ticket Problems and the Jags have Major Ticket Issues & a Stadium Naming Rights situation.
    Either way, both these teams are very alive in the LA discussions.

  22. I can’t believe people in San Diego prefer the beach on a Saturday afternoon over a preseason game. After all, who wants to look at the fine California Gurls with Daisy Dukes and bikinis on top over paying full price to see Phillip Rivers play 3 or 4 snaps?

  23. “XLI says:
    August 10, 2010 10:14 AM
    The Chargers have a Stadium Issue & Minor Ticket Problems and the Jags have Major Ticket Issues & a Stadium Naming Rights situation.
    Either way, both these teams are very alive in the LA discussions.”
    Teams move because of stadium issues. Look at recent history.
    Oilers move to Tennessee
    Browns move to Baltimore
    Raiders move to Oakland
    Rams move to St Louis
    All moved because they could not get a new stadium in their existing city and had one built in their new city. Not because of attendance.

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