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Chargers’ preseason opener not sold out, but not blacked out

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With 48 hours to go before kickoff of their preseason opener, the San Diego Chargers have announced that the game will not be blacked out on local television.

But the game isn’t sold out either.

The Chargers’ announcement said enough tickets have been sold to lift the local television blackout on Thursday’s game against the Seahawks, but it also said fans can still purchase general seats as well as club seats.

If general tickets are still available, you really can’t call the game a sellout, and it’s not clear how many tickets to Thursday’s game the Chargers actually sold. The Chargers may have used the policy that allows teams to buy back some of their own tickets at one-third face value and consider those tickets as sold for the purpose of getting a blackout lifted. Or the Chargers may have taken advantage of the same policy that the Jaguars are benefiting from this preseason, with the league letting the team give away 10,000 complementary tickets for the two preseason games and count those as “sold.”

In any event, fans in Southern California can watch the Chargers’ preseason opener on TV. It remains to be seen how many Chargers regular-season games will be available on local TV.

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22 Responses to “Chargers’ preseason opener not sold out, but not blacked out”
  1. beastofeden says: Aug 9, 2011 8:22 PM

    Nobody is talking about SD going to the SUperb Owl this season and for good reason. Their window has shut. They had 4 great looks at it but couldn’t CAPITALIZE.

  2. slickzmoney says: Aug 9, 2011 8:29 PM

    Well they say that L.A. is 120 miles away…

  3. slickzmoney says: Aug 9, 2011 8:33 PM

    @beastofeden

    Isn’t the Superb Owl a Harry Potter character?

  4. dannymac17 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:40 PM

    and they are still better than the Raiders.

  5. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 8:45 PM

    “and they are still better than the Raiders.”

    Except when they played them last year.

  6. dogsweat1 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:46 PM

    and they are still better than the Raiders.

    The Raiders own San Diego Shazaam’s.

    3 SB’s to 0.

    Los Angeles is Raider Country.

  7. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 8:48 PM

    I kinda surprised that not selling out a scrimmage is an issue.
    It seems like it would be surprising if one sold out.
    Good thing season ticket buyers throughout the NFL are force fed the pre-season at full price. Otherwise the stadiums would probably only be 1/3 full.

  8. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 8:52 PM

    It is pretty amusing that when the Raiders play the Chargers in San Diego it looks like a Raider home game.
    But, whatever.

  9. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 9, 2011 9:04 PM

    Just like the vikings have trouble selling tickets.

    No wonder they are the AFC and NFC teams likely to be relocated to Los Angeles.

  10. trollhammer20 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:11 PM

    “It is pretty amusing that when the Raiders play the Chargers in San Diego it looks like a Raider home game.”
    _________________________________

    You mean there are about 10-15,000 empty seats?

  11. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 9:28 PM

    The Raiders are 56-44-2 all time against the Chargers.

  12. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 9, 2011 9:37 PM

    –“It is pretty amusing that when the Raiders play the Chargers in San Diego it looks like a Raider home game.”
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    You mean there are about 10-15,000 empty seats?

    _________________________________

    I’ve gotta admit, that’s good…

    Nice job!

  13. majorseahawk says: Aug 9, 2011 10:32 PM

    Blackout rules are so dumb, its a good way to ensure struggling teams stay in the gutter because no one can watch their games. Its not as bad as MLB though, they blackout both teams, not just the home team like the NFL. And honestly I don’t see how not letting fans watch the games improves either sport.

  14. sassycat11teen says: Aug 9, 2011 10:33 PM

    you mean a preseason game vs the seahawks isnt a big draw?

  15. anhdazman says: Aug 9, 2011 11:36 PM

    Charger fans, they’re so delusional. Oakland won both their home game in Oakland when Rivers coughed up the ball and Huff scored a TD and spanked them again at the home away from home game.
    Not to mention the 56-44-2 all time record vs. SD. Wow, Oakland lost what was it, 12 consecutive up to last year’s sweep and you guys are still down by double digit? Fouts, Winslow, Means, where have you gone? Sorry, might be going back too far, most Charger Fans don’t know much about their franchise history.

  16. buckbrennan says: Aug 9, 2011 11:56 PM

    Being from south jersey and an eagles fan i cant help but laugh on sundays because i go to san diego state university now and it seems like every week i have to miss out on a game because the chargers are blacked out…thankfully i found an eagles bar out here

  17. slawsc says: Aug 10, 2011 8:25 AM

    Can anyone say Jacksonville Chargers? It is coming. A few years and we will have two teams in Jacksonville.

  18. souldogdave says: Aug 10, 2011 9:08 AM

    I hate the Chargers. But they are a worthy adversary. I particularly despise Rivers.But he is really good.Pre-season games should be free.If they blackout during the regular season in that huge market,something is very wrong.

  19. jay72 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:54 AM

    Perhaps the biggest reason this garbage game isn’t blacked out is because the Chargers are requiring anyone buying tickets to the Packers/Chargers game in San Diego in November had to buy the same seats for this game. The ol’ bundle deal that’s all the rage with rinky-dink, Mickey Mouse franchises. The stands will still be empty, as a huge number of people who bought seats for this only did so to get to the other game.

  20. dasmol says: Aug 10, 2011 12:25 PM

    @nomoreseasontix says:
    Aug 9, 2011 8:52 PM
    “It is pretty amusing that when the Raiders play the Chargers in San Diego it looks like a Raider home game. But, whatever.”

    __________________________

    That was true 7 or 8 years ago but has not been the case since the start of the 13 game sweep.

  21. granadafan says: Aug 10, 2011 1:18 PM

    The NFL is just effed up if they’re blacking out PRESEASON games. Plus they consider LA local to San Diego for blackouts (2 hours away with no traffic). WTF!

  22. raiderapologist says: Aug 10, 2011 7:19 PM

    dannymac17 says: Aug 9, 2011 8:40 PM

    and they are still better than the Raiders.

    At least the Chargers can count on a sellout when the Raiders come to town.

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