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Chargers have 4,600 tickets to sell

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The Chargers were “excited” after losing to the Patriots.  The Chargers, then, should be downright giddy after learning that 4,600 tickets remain for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

If not sold by 1:00 p.m. local time Thursday, Sunday’s game won’t be televised locally.

The urgency projected by such releases is largely phony.  Extensions routinely are given, and as the Dolphins proved last week by purchasing (i.e., paying 34 cents on the dollar) 10,000 unsold seats, there are ways to ensure that a three-hour infomercial for the local team can be broadcast in the home market.

Obviously, however, NFL teams prefer that your money, not their money, be used to permit the infomercial to be aired.

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54 Responses to “Chargers have 4,600 tickets to sell”
  1. favreforever says: Sep 20, 2011 10:55 PM

    How much they chargering for the tickets?

  2. saladorblue says: Sep 20, 2011 10:57 PM

    To be fair, I’m sure half the reason they are struggling to sell out this game is because… well… it is against the Chiefs.

  3. ingloriousmaster says: Sep 20, 2011 10:59 PM

    L.A. Chargers est. 2013

  4. trbowman says: Sep 20, 2011 10:59 PM

    Chargers would be ideal for LA because they are actually a good football team.

    You’d have the bandwagoners. The dbag celebrities making appearances. Does anyone think you’d have that if the Vikes or Jags moved?

  5. carson9 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:00 PM

    I dont get Charger fans. You have Rivers and co., and your team are ranked in the top 5 nearly every year, and they cant sale out? WTF? Being a die hard Cincy fan, if we had half the wins they had, there would be a 10 yr waiting list in Bengaldom.

  6. jbaxt says: Sep 20, 2011 11:00 PM

    That’s going to be hard with my sorry ass Chiefs coming to town. I’m just trying to figure out if it’s going to be Hali or Cassel with the left ACL tear this week…

    Suck for Luck baby!

  7. pack13queens0 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:01 PM

    I’m sure Minnesota has even more to sell this week to avoid a blackout. It’s a little tougher for the Chargers considering they play in a bigger Stadium & ticket prices are spendier out there.

  8. db105 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:02 PM

    Let the blackouts begin!

  9. stonecld33 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:02 PM

    Well at least it’s not just the Dolphins

  10. damnyoulinelliot says: Sep 20, 2011 11:03 PM

    Move. To. Los. Angeles.

    Period.

  11. everydayimfumbilin says: Sep 20, 2011 11:05 PM

    ah well… coach turner looks like we have to do this the hard way. you drive the van i’ll bring the purple drank

  12. zaristotle says: Sep 20, 2011 11:06 PM

    Who wouldn’t want tickets to see a team come only four turnovers short of having a chance?

  13. jpmelon says: Sep 20, 2011 11:11 PM

    thats not too bad….They’ll broadcast the game….If I was a Chargers fan I’d want to see my team destroy the Chiefs.

    As a Bills fan, I’m sick of hearing that “they only beat the Chiefs”….so I guess a KC victory would make me feel better…..not very likely though.

  14. tdprog1 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:19 PM

    This is further proof that Cleveland has the most loyal fanbase in sports! San Diego has been solid and a playoff contender year in and year out and they have no local support. CTown on the otherhand has been home to some of the worse football one can imagine and fill the house eight times a year. I just do not get it!

  15. kisstherings says: Sep 20, 2011 11:28 PM

    And rumor has it they are ‘excited’ about it…..

  16. jcdavey2011 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:38 PM

    there’s alot of kc transplants in san diego

    i can understand why they’d rather stay home, their team is in a real shambles

  17. phillydude24 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:38 PM

    how embarrassing……you have a great football team and they still can’t sell tickets. Send the chargers to jacksonville, maybe they can appreciate a winner for once.

  18. hail2tharedskins says: Sep 20, 2011 11:39 PM

    I have a question, if the team is selling the tickets and the team is the one buying tickets, what is the significance of them buying the tickets for 34cents on the dollar?

    Clearly I’m missing something. I don’t think NFL teams pool ticket revenue or do they?

  19. nxsteven says: Sep 20, 2011 11:40 PM

    4600 unsold for a stadium that probably holds 75k sounds pretty damn good to me.

    There a typo here? 46k maybe?

  20. goatcheez says: Sep 20, 2011 11:46 PM

    wait for it…

  21. bradygazelle says: Sep 20, 2011 11:50 PM

    They should just make them $9 like Jacksonville.

  22. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 20, 2011 11:51 PM

    I’m sure the L.A. market will nab them up.

  23. txxxchief says: Sep 20, 2011 11:51 PM

    Perhaps this is the only way the Chiefs have to get under their opponents’ skin. No one will be interested in the games played against the Chiefs, so the home team’s games will be blacked out! This must be the next phase in Todd Haley’s unconventional, cunning plan!

  24. dogsweat1 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:57 PM

    San Antonio Chargers…

  25. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:05 AM

    As a lifelong Chief’s fan, let me be the first to say to the Charger fans, enjoy the day. I am sure you will.

  26. 7pints says: Sep 21, 2011 12:07 AM

    Love it! Hardcore fans.

  27. slawsc says: Sep 21, 2011 12:08 AM

    How many times we gonna hear this story? Time to move the Chargers to Jacksonville! We will take them and support 2 teams if we have to.

  28. paulnoga says: Sep 21, 2011 12:13 AM

    “Obviously, however, NFL teams prefer that your money, not their money, be used to permit the infomercial to be aired.”
    Greatest story ever told….
    The teams charge commercials by the viewing audience. So a “sell-out” makes much more money….

  29. phinfan says: Sep 21, 2011 12:20 AM

    Dont call Budlight!!!! They’re are Miamis sugar daddy

  30. egls7 says: Sep 21, 2011 12:34 AM

    Its ok though. They’re excited

  31. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Sep 21, 2011 12:56 AM

    And Tiki is flabbergasted, as usual.

  32. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 21, 2011 12:59 AM

    Keeping the fingers crossed that they miss the deadline. Not that I have anything against the Chargers, really — I just resent the idea that the NFL has decided that they’re “my” team and that I’m in their “home market.”

    Until we get a real “home team” here in the Los Angeles area, I’d prefer to get the best TV game possible — and that’s so not Chiefs at Chargers.

    Just stay home, Sandy Eggans!

  33. thephantomstranger says: Sep 21, 2011 1:30 AM

    Ironically, if they moved to Los Angeles, every game would be televised in San Diego.

  34. nonstory says: Sep 21, 2011 1:39 AM

    Don’t the San Diegons know they were only four turnovers away from doing something last week?

  35. hedleykow says: Sep 21, 2011 1:48 AM

    Tickets should be half price if they aren’t going to play defense.

  36. jvillenole says: Sep 21, 2011 2:13 AM

    Wow…a positive spin on “lack of tickets sales,” in a city of millions.

    If Jacksonville had 4,600 tickets still to sell, look out.

  37. scudbot says: Sep 21, 2011 2:56 AM

    “If not sold by 1:00 p.m. local time Thursday, Sunday’s game won’t be televised locally.” It’s against the Chiefs trainwreck. The total number of locals who watch the game on TV might be less than 4000.

  38. drgreenstreak says: Sep 21, 2011 5:31 AM

    Chargers – Chiefs = yawwwwwwn…

  39. thegonz13 says: Sep 21, 2011 5:49 AM

    I wouldn’t want to go see the Chefs either!

  40. savannahrose44 says: Sep 21, 2011 6:24 AM

    It amazes me that the Chargers still play in San Diego.

  41. richm2256 says: Sep 21, 2011 6:34 AM

    You’d have to pay ME to watch the Chiefs.

  42. jpb12 says: Sep 21, 2011 6:41 AM

    Good thing they were so excited about the loss to New England

  43. thegonz13 says: Sep 21, 2011 6:53 AM

    They should try eBay!

  44. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2011 7:11 AM

    The Chargers are excited about only being 4,600 tickets short of a sellout.

    What a loser franchise.

  45. Gordon says: Sep 21, 2011 8:02 AM

    Teams are going to start having to sell a bunch of their tickets on Groupon. The stadiums will be filled with young cheap hipsters.

  46. jcdavey2011 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    plus, aside from the diehards, alot of them think the team isn’t even going to be in san diego soon, so why spend money on them?

  47. bigfranky75 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:16 AM

    That would be funny if one of the LA groups bought the rest of the tickets just to make a statement.

  48. emma333 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:18 AM

    @jvillenole-You are right about the positive headline…..For Jacksonville it would surely say “Classless Jacksonville fails to sell 4600 tickets”

  49. tombrookshire says: Sep 21, 2011 8:29 AM

    Building stadiums and importing teams to Cali. A joke. Why is the NFL so fired up about putting another team in a region that has trouble selling out one team’s games, let alone a second? Just forget Cali, keep teams in place. Would the NFL be that disadvantaged to not be able to squeeze another half billion out of the public and networks for an LA-based team.

  50. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 21, 2011 8:47 AM

    jvillenole – my apologies, I have been a Jag attendance basher and I am sorry.

    The Chargers really have no excuse for NOT selling out. Dont give me the weather being nice (cough – Colin Cowherd) and that people have better things to do. They have all YEAR to do other things.

    Chargers Offense, always good. Starpower, Rivers, Jackson, Gates – again always good.

    Not to mention, the weather is always nice and they are perennial playoff contenders because of their crappy division.

    Move the Chargers to LA.

  51. recon163 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:16 AM

    @ jvillenole:

    “Wow…a positive spin on “lack of tickets sales,” in a city of millions. If Jacksonville had 4,600 tickets still to sell, look out.”

    Somebody is a little sensitive….No positive spin on the story at all. But even when not mentioned, the JVille fans whine about how they are portrayed.

  52. recon163 says: Sep 21, 2011 9:19 AM

    @ emma333:

    “@jvillenole-You are right about the positive headline…..For Jacksonville it would surely say “Classless Jacksonville fails to sell 4600 tickets”

    I am beginning to think you guys enjoy the negative attention and are sad when you are not mentioned.

    Instead of simply saying, “Glad we aren’t being mentioned” JVille fans come on and write their own negative headlines.

  53. purpleguy says: Sep 21, 2011 10:25 AM

    Hey Packqueen — the Vikes game is sold out, and our game is in a crappy dome with an 0-2 team, as opposed to a 1-1 team with SB expectations in sunny southern Cal. So who are the lousy fans? Dope.

  54. dasmol says: Sep 21, 2011 1:45 PM

    Non story. 4,600 left to sell is nothing, unless you’re in Oakland.

    This game will not be blacked out.

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