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Another blackout looming for the Chargers

With the Rams struggling to sell out their third home game of the year despite beating the Redskins by 14 and no tweets yet from Tony Boselli advising us that, if we’re in the Jacksonville area, we’ll be able to watch the Colts-Jaguars game on television (only 525 tickets remain before we hear from Tony), and the Raiders playing at home, there’s a chance that up to four games will be blacked out locally this weekend.

The one virtually certain blackout in this regard will be coming in San Diego, where 7,000 tickets remain for the game against the Cardinals, and where the deadline for selling all non-premium seats comes at 4:15 p.m. ET.

The 1-2 Chargers’ home opener was not sold out, with nearly 8,000 unsold tickets.

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40 Responses to “Another blackout looming for the Chargers”
  1. footballfan says: Sep 30, 2010 8:25 AM

    And now we must wonder why the NFL wants a team in LA…..

  2. Stillerfan says: Sep 30, 2010 8:35 AM

    blacked out because charger fans were so embarresed at their qb acting like the bitch that he is throwing his little temper tantrums.
    “mommy…he won’t snap me the ball when i say hike!!!” whaaaaaa, whaaaaaa!(foot stomp, foot stomp)

  3. kravon says: Sep 30, 2010 8:40 AM

    Can you blame the folks for not buying tickets?
    Obviously watching Houston-Oakland on TV is more compelling than Chargers-Cardinals in person.

  4. midwest says: Sep 30, 2010 8:51 AM

    100% positive that the Jaguars game will not be blacked out.

  5. g2bucs says: Sep 30, 2010 8:53 AM

    Bigger question – in this econmy – has football finally hit the max limit of what they are charging for tickets prices versus what fans deem acceptable.

  6. Just JTO says: Sep 30, 2010 8:55 AM

    Great fans out there in Charger Land. Way to step to the plate.

  7. Crazy Nick says: Sep 30, 2010 8:58 AM

    The LA Chargers?
    The London Jaguars?
    The Toronto Bills?
    The greed exhibited by these new billionaire owners will eventually turn the NFL into MLB.
    That’s too bad,

  8. GoChargers says: Sep 30, 2010 9:09 AM

    That is simply because Qualcomm Stadium has 72,000 seats and not 60,000 seats or less as many modern day stadiums are. So it is hard to sell those 7,000 – 8,000 tickets (in such tough times). Remember 63,000 tickets are still sold which is more than any most of other games!!!!

  9. Filbertkiwi71 says: Sep 30, 2010 9:10 AM

    There really shouldn’t be a blackout policy, because blackouts shouldn’t exist, especially if some of the stadiums are going to be partially, if not totally, taxpayer funded.
    I hope at some point Mike will talk about any possibility of PPV NFL games. Would there be any legal issues if the NFL went in that direction. There are a whole bunch of teams that I have zero interest in on TV every week, but the one team I do like is rarely on television. I would’t mind buying PPV for the one team I do like, as long as the price is reasonable, and I am not forced to buy into a package of every single team I don’t give a crap about.

  10. steelersmichele says: Sep 30, 2010 9:12 AM

    Is Goodell using this information as he thinks about going to an 18 game season, or are two additional blackout games for teams acceptable as long as the overall profit margin increases?

  11. JRG3 says: Sep 30, 2010 9:20 AM

    cant imagine not seeing my team on TV every sunday. I guess I’ve taken it for granted all these years. never heard much about this until this year. too bad for those markets and their fans.

  12. Xpensive Wino says: Sep 30, 2010 9:23 AM

    Perhaps AJ Smith and his lovable personality can charm people into buying the remaining tickets. He’s so well loved and respected by everyone, that all he needs to do is ask…….

  13. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 30, 2010 9:25 AM

    @g2bucs…..a very good point,but i feel,in this economy,football will never get back to where it was.

  14. HomelandDefense says: Sep 30, 2010 9:34 AM

    “That is simply because Qualcomm Stadium has 72,000 seats and not 60,000 seats or less as many modern day stadiums are. So it is hard to sell those 7,000 – 8,000 tickets (in such tough times). Remember 63,000 tickets are still sold which is more than any most of other games!!!!”
    Thats a hard point to sell when San Diego is the 8th largest city in the country. There are NFL cities that are 1/4th the size of San Diego that never come close to blackouts.

  15. nflhof says: Sep 30, 2010 9:45 AM

    There are alot of crappy seats at the Murph. Plus the AZ Cards don’t really travel that well. I have extra tickets to Bolt games and this game has been tough to find takers but I have found buyers for face value for my field level seats. But I must say if the game ain’t on tv buy a ticket if you want to watch the ballgame.

  16. Jasonb says: Sep 30, 2010 9:45 AM

    To those talking trash about Chargers fans, does it make you any less of a fan if you can’t afford to go to the game and want to root for them on TV?
    Seriously I can afford to go to 1 game this year and of all their opponents.. Jacksonville and Arizona are low on the list of who I’d want to see when I go to my 1 game.

  17. Pootie07 says: Sep 30, 2010 9:59 AM

    I blame AJ Smith, he makes the team not compelling to watch even though he is not on the field. We are attached emotionally to our players in some retrospect and to watch how this team handles their players, it brings a negative attitude as a fan

  18. jj jones says: Sep 30, 2010 10:02 AM

    Jacksonville has terrible fans.
    Oh, wait….

  19. Jack Acid says: Sep 30, 2010 10:02 AM

    Casual sports towns FTL. Same thing with the Padres (empty seats), despite leading the division the entire year until last week.

  20. quannumkid says: Sep 30, 2010 10:11 AM

    Toronto won’t have the Bills, that won’t happen. But LA seems like it will have another shot at the NFL, so why not the Chargers? Seems less alienating to current fans.
    I hear the Qualcomm Stadium capacity argument, but as a Bills fan I don’t have much sympathy as our Ralph Wilson Stadium holds 73,000. Tough task for such a small market, but Bills games aren’t blacked out as often as everyone outside Buffalo assumes.

  21. dave says: Sep 30, 2010 10:26 AM

    really…a steeler fan is going to talk about embarrassing qbs?
    really ? lol

  22. JRG3 says: Sep 30, 2010 10:33 AM

    They make the home experience so good now, with HD and the commentary I see why less people go.
    I enjoy going to the games for the energy but for watching a game… I’ll take my mancave anyday. too bad they are taking that away.
    plus with an 18 game season (if it happens) its not going to get any easier for these teams to sell tix

  23. Stoogie says: Sep 30, 2010 10:38 AM

    Jag4Life says: September 30, 2010 9:30 AM
    Yet the So called Raider Nation has had 77 of 121 blackouts since they’ve been back in Oakland since 1995. What’s all the other teams excuse. And don’t say economy, that’s a cop out. Right Florio?
    ———————— ——————-
    Have you ever been to Oakland? I’m not saying the stadium, I’m talking just driving in the city. The place sucks – you take your life in your own hands just setting foot there. Obviously Raider Nation agrees. Who is going to want to risk life and limb to see them lose the Titans or to the Texans?

  24. dabarber says: Sep 30, 2010 10:38 AM

    It isn’t 1985. Blackouts have no effect on if someone watches a game or not. Everyone has cable, internet, NFL packages.
    That is why nobody goes to game anymore. Well, that and it costs 400 bucks a head just to show up and park.

  25. SoCalDave says: Sep 30, 2010 10:57 AM

    Things to do in San Diego
    1) Hang at the Beach
    2 Del Mar Track
    2) Sea World
    3) San Diego Zoo
    4) Balboa Park
    5) Eat great Mexican food
    153) Watch the Dolts underachieve again…..

  26. CdnMike says: Sep 30, 2010 10:58 AM

    Norv Turner is still one of the worst coaches in the NFL yet takes no heat lately.
    He is the reason for the 1-2 start. He consistently gets the least out of his team instead of the most.
    Oh and another thing, just because you can’t afford to go to the game doesn’t make you less of a fan. I usually go to one game a year (5 hour drive) but this year I can’t due to a new addition to the family. That doesn’t make me less of a fan!

  27. chargerrich says: Sep 30, 2010 11:03 AM

    @ BLTSD
    12th out of 32 is not middle of the pack… nice math.
    Also there are about 7,000 seats at the Q that are completely and utterly god awful… hmmm they are 7k short… do that math.
    And finally San Diego is arguably the city with the most outdoor activities in the country so it is senseless to have a stadium that seats anymore than about 60-65k.
    It is not our fault that fans in that cesse pool called New York have nothing better to do 😀

  28. redje says: Sep 30, 2010 11:03 AM

    Let’s see… one of the largest stadiums in the league and the hardest hit city in the hardest hit state from the economy. Couldn’t imagine why a sellout is so hard.
    Can someone please explain the fairness of a team being blackout because they can’t sell over 70,000 tickets, while other teams have 60,000 or less for a sellout?

  29. C says: Sep 30, 2010 11:33 AM

    Larger Stadium (harder to meet sell out standards)
    3000 seats in “obstructed view” areas
    8th expensive tickets
    3rd worst stadium quality
    8th largest City but half the population isn’t even native.
    The Chargers have some great fans, more knowledgeable than many others!

  30. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2010 12:11 PM

    Imagine if the DisChargers hadn’t won the division the past few years.
    Would ANYBODY show up?

  31. heartstl says: Sep 30, 2010 12:12 PM

    The problem is that the Chargers were a playoff team last year. I’d hate to see what would happen if they had a few seasons of under .500 football.

  32. El Duderino says: Sep 30, 2010 12:15 PM

    # GoChargers says: September 30, 2010 9:09 AM
    That is simply because Qualcomm Stadium has 72,000 seats and not 60,000 seats or less as many modern day stadiums are. So it is hard to sell those 7,000 – 8,000 tickets (in such tough times). Remember 63,000 tickets are still sold which is more than any most of other games!!!!
    Do some research before you post.
    Smallest capacity is 61,500 (Soldier Field).
    If you guys are going to use the excuse, “Our stadium is too big and we have so much other stuff to do on a Sunday afternoon”, maybe we need to start installing some tarps in San Diego as well as Tampa, Oakland and St. Louis.
    I mean, its so horrible that the league had Jacksonville do that because their stadium would currently be 5th (76,867) in the league in capacity.

  33. SoCalDave says: Sep 30, 2010 12:25 PM

    And finally San Diego is arguably the city with the most outdoor activities in the country so it is senseless to have a stadium that seats anymore than about 60-65k.
    The Home Dept Center in L.A would be a good size for a new Chargers stadium, it holds about 27,000….they might even sell it out!

  34. Mike McCarthy's Moobs says: Sep 30, 2010 12:26 PM

    I’d just like to report that ALL Packers home games have been sold out for the year. Oh, and for all years since 1960 as well.

  35. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 30, 2010 1:10 PM

    quannumkid says: “. . . LA seems like it will have another shot at the NFL, so why not the Chargers?”
    Because we don’t want the Chargers.
    Anyone who wants to see a Chargers game drives down to see a Chargers game. Having them closer to us won’t make us like them any better.
    But it will make the fans in San Diego like them a whole lot less.

  36. Chuck says: Sep 30, 2010 1:45 PM

    Bottom line is who the hell wants to see the Chargers play the Jaguars or the Cardinals? Two non-division teams that aren’t rivals. They don’t have any problems selling out other games against the Raiders or Patriots.
    Plus its a lot cheaper to stay at home and watch it on my 55″TV than to go to a game and fight traffic and drunk idiots.

  37. peruano88 says: Sep 30, 2010 3:18 PM

    @ Chuck:
    I see your point, but you’re wrong about the Raiders and Patriots. As of Monday, they announced that the Patriots game is the only game NOT in danger of being blacked out. Even the Raiders game has 7,000+ left. The game isn’t til December, but still, it doesn’t look very optimistic. Every home game this year, besides the Patriots game, is in danger of being blacked out. Hard to believe that the MNF game vs Denver and the Raiders game are having such trouble. Usually the one game we can count on is the MNF game and the Raiders game to sell out.

  38. C says: Sep 30, 2010 4:37 PM

    BOTTOM LINE… Bad economy, Chargers up to their September antics (not winning when they should), vs crappy teams ala Jax and Az… Go Figure
    If anything Chargers fans are too smart. Send a message to the Head office about not fu*king with players (even though I agree with AJ) and being more aggressive with off season singing. None of this bargain bin crap. Over price tickets and that stupid “Charger ticket guarantee” gots to go. You ever been to a blacked out game? Its still a full stadium!
    -Go Bolts

  39. KM91 says: Sep 30, 2010 5:01 PM

    The Jags-Colts game won’t be blacked out.

  40. Big Tex says: Sep 30, 2010 7:23 PM

    Is it the economy or the product? The Chargers finished last season middle of the pack in attendance at 18th place. Raiders finished dead last and about 20K per game behind San Diego.

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