Blackout likely for Chargers' home opener

The Chargers already knew they’d have trouble selling out all their home games this season, and in Monday night’s season-opening loss to the Chiefs they didn’t do anything to generate enthusiasm among fans in San Diego.

So it’s no surprise that more than 7,000 tickets are still unsold for Sunday’s home opener against the Jaguars, and a blackout is looking likely.

The game needs to be sold out 72 hours before kickoff to have the blackout lifted, which means 1:15 p.m. local time on Thursday. Teams that are close to a sellout can get a 24-hour extension, but the Chargers currently don’t even look like they’re close enough for that.

And so it looks like we’ll have at least one Week Two blackout. A blackout is also possible in Detroit, where about 3,000 tickets remain unsold, although the Lions seem optimistic that they’ll avoid a blackout.

54 responses to “Blackout likely for Chargers' home opener

  1. All these potential blackouts and dwindling attendance should give credence to the owners that the CBA is not feasible to the current times.

  2. Word here in Detroit is usaully when we have around 3,000 tickets left we 99% of the time sellout so i’m not stressing right now however blackout rule should be tooken away even good teams are in jeporady this year

  3. What’s the matter lil Jojo??? No raider threads for you to post on? Every San Diego thread you spout your hatred for the Chargers. How many blackouts did the faiders have last year? And how many did the Chargers? So STFU.

  4. That small window to win a Super bowl has now slammed shut on the Chargers…Thats what a dickhead GM can do for you.

  5. Can’t wait for Halloween! Hope we can watch the beat down and get free tickets to fill the seats. Go Titans!

  6. Well if the Jaguars sold out their first game due to another team’s player, can we say that the Chargers will be blacked out because of the Jaguars? Come on, give me something. Let’s somehow spin this into to the Jags going to LA. Because we all know the Jags are the only team having trouble selling tickets. Just ask Jerome Bettis.

  7. I hope the Chargers leave San Diego…I’m sick and tired of them trying to get a new stadium with OUR tax dollars when they have never done anything to deserve such a thing!

  8. I say we just put 32 brand new teams in LA, London, toronto, and Mexico City.
    That way we can all shut up and move the hell on.

  9. rdiz17 says: “Los Angeles Chargers here we go!”
    No, no, no.
    We don’t want the Chargers to move here. When we want to see a Chargers game, we’ll drive down and make a weekend of it. Hit some good restaurants, spend a little time on Coronado Island, maybe make a little side-trip to the Temecula wine country on the way down.
    Why on earth would we want to give all that up for the “privilege” of hosting the Spanos’ team?
    We’re holding out for Los Angeles Leopards, formerly of Jacksonville, FL. They won’t even have to change the mascot (probably have to get new uniforms, though; teal & black will be a tough sell)

  10. Those damm Jaguars and their fans have infiltrated a fine sporting institution and totally destroyed their reputation. Welcome to the party pal! GO JAGS!

  11. HAHAHAHA!! Looks like those Chargers “fans” (seriously, do they even have fans??) dont wanna waste their time watching Little Phil cry like a spoiled 3 year old brat after every incompletion!!

  12. I’m certain the Raiders won’t sellout as well.
    NFL wake up and smell the coffee: why spend $250 to see one game when you can see them all on Direct Ticket all year long for that much?

  13. riichiie says: September 15, 2010 6:10 PM
    I hope the Chargers leave San Diego…I’m sick and tired of them trying to get a new stadium with OUR tax dollars when they have never done anything to deserve such a thing!
    *************************
    Bingo.

  14. Oh, now it’s the L.A. Chargers. I thought it was the L.A. Vikings, Jags and so on. You guy’s are all knob heads. Skol Vikes.

  15. Whenever LA actually gets a team, it’ll only be a few seasons until they are having blackout issues. How many times does a team need to leave LA before anyone gets a clue?

  16. As a charger fan i can honestly say management has shown that they are not willing to spend money on quality players. Chargers have not improved in anyway, and i think fans are seeing this. also jim steeg resigned for the chargers and would not explain why? i wouldnt be suprised if their is something up the spanoses sleeve. sign vj and mcneil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. California fans always have been and always will be front-runners. And, in SoCal, they sometimes can’t even be bothered with that.

  18. This won’t be the only blackout for the Chargers. They’ve got some real turd home games (Jax, Ariz, SF, KC, Oak, Den) Also, Ego-maniac GM + clueless owner + 2 of your best players willing to commit career suicide = fans won’t buy overpriced tickets when they live in the best leisure city in the country. You people who don’t live in Diego just don’t get it and never will. There is so much to do on a Sunday afternoon in this town it’s ridiculous. That being said, I’m a season tix holder…but I completely understand why nobody wants to go. When I was in college we used to run a cable from our apartment onto the beach and watch the game on the sand while throwing horseshoes, drinking free beers in the company of some of the most beautiful women in the world. You morons from Pittsburgh, Green Bay, DC, Oakland….you wouldn’t know anything about that. And if it’s Blacked Out, everyone will listen to it on the radio and be just fine, because in the end we live in Diego and you don’t.

  19. Let me guess. There are just too many incredibly fun and awesome diversions for people in or near San Diego for them to be bothered with selling out a home opener. Right?
    Football starved San Antonio fans would have sold out this game weeks if not months ago. It would not bother me a bit to see Spanos pack up his team and head to San Antonio. Avoiding the LA wasteland would be a good idea too.
    I would buy season tickets to see the San Antonio Chargers next year in an instant.

  20. Maybe because your QB is a whiny BEOTCH people dont want to pay to see him. I guess he watches a lot of Cardinals Baseball.

  21. how about those raiders joetoronto? pathetic!
    “In 2009, once again the Raiders struggled to sell tickets, resulting in 7 of their 8 home games being blacked out on local television. The Raiders were able to sell out their season opener, on Monday Night Football against the Chargers, thanks to a deadline extension from the NFL. But, the remainder of their home games were not shown on local television, because the games didn’t sell out. The Raiders finished the season tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for most TV blackouts in 2009. But, blackouts are nothing new to Oakland fans, as the Raiders have sold out only 25 of 88 regular season games, since returning to Oakland. The Raiders had 3 games with attendances under 40,000, with their lowest attendance coming in week 11 against the Bengals when they drew only 34,112.”

  22. well if they would finally go back to selling single game tickets to the raider game, they would sell that game out for sure.

  23. any team that fires marty shottenheimer after he goes 14-2 and fails to sign any of its stars, deserves all the bad karma it gets

  24. how about those raiders joetoronto? pathetic!
    “In 2009, once again the Raiders struggled to sell tickets, resulting in 7 of their 8 home games being blacked out on local television. The Raiders were able to sell out their season opener, on Monday Night Football against the Chargers, thanks to a deadline extension from the NFL. But, the remainder of their home games were not shown on local television, because the games didn’t sell out. The Raiders finished the season tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for most TV blackouts in 2009. But, blackouts are nothing new to Oakland fans, as the Raiders have sold out only 25 of 88 regular season games, since returning to Oakland. The Raiders had 3 games with attendances under 40,000, with their lowest attendance coming in week 11 against the Bengals when they drew only 34,112.”

  25. Are you freaking joking? I’ve been a Jaguars fan my whole life, agonized as the team struggled with blackouts last year, and now that I’m all excited because my home team is coming to my new-ish home (lived in San Diego since 2007), the fart-knocking game’s going to be blacked out?!
    FML.

  26. Can you say LA Chargers? Funny thing is everybody made fun the Jaguars and they are selling tickets and avoiding black outs. Now Jacksonville seem as solid as the Packers, Steelers, and Redskins.

  27. Really?
    I’m a native of San Diego and a lifelong charger fan, and I wouldn’t even go to the game with a free ticket …
    $25 for parking, $9.00 per beer , $8.00 for a hotdog …that’s still a couple hunded dollar day right there..
    And to watch them play Jacksonville ? They suck…and they have the ugliest uniforms in football ..I get a headache watching them..

  28. People in LA are already Charger fans. San Diego is just down the road. In fact all the diehard NFL football fans in LA bought tickets for the Chargers home opener and it still didn’t sell out.

  29. San Diego is already expensive enough as it is….you can get DirecTv Season Ticket for $400 and 55″ LED for the price of 8 crappy home games.
    I personally blame that d-bag A.J.Smith and that clueless Spanos family.
    I can’t wait until they move to Mexico City.
    Hopefully Smith gets canned at seasons end.

  30. “There is so much to do on a Sunday afternoon in this town it’s ridiculous.”
    *******************************************************
    lol, wow. Hey, a soft city equals a soft team.

  31. Most people that live in Diego aren’t from Diego. They’re from all corners of the country. We were just smart enough to make the change.
    This weekend is especially bad. Our summer is finally arriving, with temps (finally) in the upper 70s and a large swell from the S/SW. We have our beaches back now that the tourists have gone and it’s time to make use of what we live here for.
    Why give that up?

  32. “lol, wow. Hey, a soft city equals a soft team.”
    And a crappy city equals a crappy team. The only thing brokeland sells out of is eye liner and maxi pads.

  33. Dasmol: Exhibit “A”
    Electrogasm says: September 16, 2010 10:59 AM
    Most people that live in Diego aren’t from Diego. They’re from all corners of the country. We were just smart enough to make the change.
    This weekend is especially bad. Our summer is finally arriving, with temps (finally) in the upper 70s and a large swell from the S/SW. We have our beaches back now that the tourists have gone and it’s time to make use of what we live here for.
    Why give that up?
    *******************************************************
    And there it is, a soft city equalling a soft team. 🙂

  34. Football is a Blue Collar sport in a white collar town. The city is also the largest military town in the nation and this city was developed on that premise, therefore a vast majority of the population has roots into other cities, cities with a stronger passion for sports, San Diego will never be accused of being a sports town simply because it has more than sports to offer unlike the majority of Sports city’s. With the cost of living in San Diego through the roof, and the economy in the shat hole, there is no chance for alot of those diehard football fans to pay mortgage/rent, bills, gas, and still pony up the $400 + to go to a game.
    By the way, all you direct tv people, i think youll soon learn that the San Diego game will be regionally blacked out on Direct TV as well, unless they lifted that ban. Youll be forced to watch the game at a bar…. but hell, with gameday draft specials, half off appetizers, free parking and no traffic….

  35. Oh and by the way, My first place padres are still having attendance issues, its not a bandwagon thing, its an economics and culture thing

  36. @joetoronto
    And there it is, a soft city equalling a soft team. 🙂
    *************
    Explain how enjoying other activities means that SD is a soft city? NFL isn’t the be all, end all to life.
    I guess I’m wasting my time trying to reason with a Raiders fan so let me get my 12 YO son so you can follow his logic.

  37. Electrogasm: I’ll explain it so even YOU can understand.
    Soft people like soft things.
    Volleyball, tennis, badminton, synchronized swimming, ect. All those things you and your 12 year old son like, are for soft people.
    Football is NOT soft. Got it now, Einstein?

  38. @Joe
    We like football. We like surfing. We like MMA. We like jet skiing. We like motocross. We like ocean kayaking. We like boxing. We like diving. That’s why we live in San Diego. We can do everything here.
    See? We like a variety of things and we don’t need to wear the mask of ‘manly things’ to know that we are, and soon will be, manly men.
    I know that you NEED the NFL, probably have tattoos and (try to) smoke cigars while losing your ass in poker because its what you’ve been told. I bet you drive a Camaro, too. All this to be your TV’s definition of a man.

  39. Joe, you funny little meathead, sad that apparently your life and this world revolves around football, and yet… your a Raiders fan. Kind of like Roger Ebert’s favorite movie being Gigli.
    Also, Name the geogrpahic region that has had 8 straight black outs and for a bonus 2 points, name the NFL team that has had 63% of its home games blacked out since 1995.
    And you want to talk about soft……

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