Chargers 2,000 tickets short of a Sunday night sellout

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Last week, the Chargers failed to sell all non-premium tickets to their home game against the Bills.  This week, the Chargers have 2,000 tickets to sell in order to avoid a second straight blackout.

The Chargers host the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

The desire to have a marquee game seen locally should, in theory, be enough to persuade ownership to buy the unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.  But if ownership plans to fire coach Norv Turner, and possibly G.M. A.J. Smith, limping into the offseason with a pair of local blackouts could help ensure that the locals will be on board with the changes that could be made.

37 responses to “Chargers 2,000 tickets short of a Sunday night sellout

  1. And you guys want to stir the pot on Eagles fans ???

    Between blackouts and murders in the Bay Area anyone with half a brain between their ears knows there are FAR worse fans out there.

  2. As a San Diego native, I stopped going to Charger home games when they fired Marty without cause, I was a season ticket holder at the time.

    Now I wont go if I get a free ticket. I’ve been rooting for the Chargers to lose out to get rid of Norv and AJ, and I think the majority of single game buyers in San Diego feel the same way which is why they wont spend their money for a product they no longer believe in.

    FYI The chargers will never have a successful fanbase even when we have the MVP in the league. Too many transplants, we live in a jarhead city filled with jarheads from all over the country that would rather root for their original hometown then the one they live in now. San Diego may be the most beautiful city with the best weather in all of the nation, but people would still root for a franchise somewhere else, go figure.

  3. Sad…..
    Chargers can’t even sell tickets to a primetime game. Way to stand by your team, fans.

    Must be bandwagoners…….
    Get off Denver’s wagon. It was nice having the entire Qualcom Stadium cheering for us on our last visit there but, you guys are just pathetic….
    as mentioned above.

  4. “limping into the offseason with a pair of local blackouts could help ensure that the locals will be on board with the changes that could be made.”

    Uh, I don’t think we (the locals) need a couple of blackouts to help us get on board with the changes that need to be made.

  5. chargerdillon says:Dec 13, 2011 9:32 PM

    San Diego may be the most beautiful city with the best weather in all of the nation

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    No doubt San Diego may be one of the most beautiful cities (Chicago in Summer beats all), but the best weather? 60 degrees and cloudy throughout all of June, I beg to differ. Familiar with June Gloom?

    Besides, the stadium is a mess.

    And by the way, those Jarheads along with numerous Navy, put tons of money in your city’s pocket. The team should buy the tickets and donate them to the military.

  6. That’s just sad man. As a Texan fan I’ve been waiting for a Sunday night game for years. Its a better stage than mnf in my opinion. And when we finally get one reliant stadium will be rocking and rolling for sure.

  7. The Cro comment craked me up and there were other good ones.

    Hey – Chi-town is a great place – but right now – can you walk outside in shorts as I can? 🙂

    The realistic Charger fans will stay away – as the only message the owner – Spanos the Younger – will understand from his tee box – is: Fans are leaving.

    Oh well – doesn’t really matter as he will make a ton of $ moving to LA: Sell part of the team to cover Dad/Alex’ estate taxes, and then the value of the club will increase by 50% and the cash flow will also probably close to double with the huge LA TV market.

  8. (part 2 cont’d)

    if you are on profootballtalk.com then im sure you read where it is most likely the rams are gonna head back to LA when their lease is up in st louis and the new jags owner will move jags to stl or LA.. weaver sold the jags cause he didnt want to be the one to move them from jville..the new owner is a buisnessman that should tell u right there..he intends to make money and it isnt happening in jville. also here in LA on cbs2 jim reported about a month ago that the raiders have informed LA they were interested in going back to LA.. CHARGERS OWNERSHIP doesnt want to sell stake or majority ownership in their team .that is what aeg wants in LA a majority stake and rams owner kroenke has stated he would sell..he will then buy broncos from bowlen as his other two teams are in denver as well and he’ll own 3 denver teams(nuggets,avalanche,broncos)..

    chargers have spent millions on research for a new stadium over the last 7 years and if they intended to leave they would have left a while ago.they will be putting the new downtown stadium project to a vote next fall in san diego.chargers arent the only team that has had blackouts as of late.in this economy alot of teams have that arent doing so well and if you went thru what the SD fans have gone thru with the managment driving a playoff contender into the ground last few years with bad moves would u waste your hard earned money on a team that has pushed fans away with horrible decisions.. my family will come first before a team as well as paying my bills and making sure my family can eat and have medical insurance..

  9. I would love to say something like “with the way they’ve been playing they don’t deserve to sell out the game” but I’m a Cowboys fan, so… nevermind…

  10. P…A…T…H…E…T…I…C

    San Diego does not deserve a sports franchise, let alone pro football. Stick to your surfing contests.

    After the Ravens clean house on SNF, the season will be lost and the Chargers will be making plans to move to LA.

  11. rohlo says:Dec 13, 2011 11:12 PM
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    Dont trash other teams to justify your team not selling out. Those other teams may eventually leave, but the focus of this story is SD. Not Buffalo, Jacksonville, St. Louis. But Diego.

    Your team was playoff contenders last year and you had blackouts. You have one of the best QBs in the league, playing a Sunday night game, against a Super Bowl contender late in the season, and you cant sell out.

    Maybe you should schedule home games against the Raiders six times a year.

  12. A team that can’t sellout locally plans to move 2 stinkin’ hours away to a place even less likely to sell out after the glitz and glamour of a new stadium wears off. Shrewd.

  13. txndave says:Dec 13, 2011 10:44 PM

    That’s just sad man. As a Texan fan I’ve been waiting for a Sunday night game for years.
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    Doubt it’s going to happen after the Texan’s choke in the first round against a Wild Card of your choice.

    At least you’ll still have Kubiak’s hair.

  14. blancodiablo: Chicago is HOT & HUMID during summer. Don’t forget the stellar winters that last six months. Combined the summer & winter months comprise approximately nine months of the year…so you get, what, two-three months of moderate temps, at best? Mix in plenty of rain & wind during that time and your pretty picture of Chicago weather isn’t really what you’d have us to believe is it!?!

    Chargers 2011 average attendance: 65,128
    Bears 2011 average attendance: 62,232

    Numbers don’t lie. Plenty of fans are supporting the Chargers.

  15. The NFL acts likes blackouts are a big deal and a slap in the face to local fans. If I don’t go to the game what do I really care if they blackout the local game anyway? I become indifferent and just watch another game. See this is what blackout create… fans that don’t give a crap about their regional team!

    The NFL is all about prying every last dollar they can out of the fans. Well I’m not giving anymore dollars to give to millionaires.

  16. As a resident of San Diego and a Charger, Padre, Gulls, Aztecs and Sockers fan.

    I am a testament to the fact that us native San Diegans support our team because they represent us, win or lose.

    I was able to afford to only go to two games this year and we did it up big for my hometown (got loud) eventhough Tebow ruined the night.

    I am not boycotting games because Norv or AJ, I can’t go because I need that money to pay for gas and get work to pay for the place I live. I can’t go to every game because even the nosebleeds cost $70
    Don’t call it a boycott it’s just too expensive.

    Many deep-pocketed San Diegans compare pro sports to the circus. They don’t see The Chargers as a tool to foster comraderie in the community. Transplants don’t understand San Diegan comraderie because they are from some other city and see SD as vacation land

    San Diegan Natives hold strong and spread your seed our day will come.

    I am 25 and I see all of these transplants come through my town with their military money, benifiets and they refuse military discounted tickets to the Q because they would rather stay home and watch the steelers or some huge band wagon team like that.

    It just aint right.
    I am here and I support San Diego becuase you got to rep where you live.
    As for everyone else you will never know what its like to be the true under-dog

    If the NFL leaves San Diego, The NFL will miss San Diego.

    Either way San Diego will still be great.

    If you don’t live in SD do not come here. If you do rep where you live. ALL DAY EVERY DAY

  17. This is pathetic. There ought to at least be enough Baltimore transplants here, or maybe Pittsburgh transplants who want to root against the Ravens, to get the job done.

    I’m a transplant here and could give cold fart about the Chargers. They are not a very likeable team. However, I do feel for their fans, their hardcore fans. They have found some pretty excruciating ways to break hearts around here, from ownership right on down. Now they are on their annual popsicle-tease run for the playoffs… I wish they would just lose and get it over with, which is why they’ll probably beat the Ravens to keep (false) hope alive for another week around here.

  18. rayala3 says:Dec 13, 2011 10:46 PM

    San Diego deserves a team less than Jacksonville. They’ll be leaving soon.
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    Not according to our lease dipstick which is right here if you choose to read it. http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/122902/jag_11340226.shtml

    Rohlo, put down the cali kush and face the fact that the chargers are leaving soon. Your stadium is a dump, unlike our city you had many blackouts the last 2 years and we didn’t have one since 2009, and do me a favor and go get stoned with Todd Marinovich because your team will leave the city soon.

  19. sourdough says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:16 AM
    blancodiablo: Chicago is HOT & HUMID during summer. Don’t forget the stellar winters that last six months. Combined the summer & winter months comprise approximately nine months of the year…so you get, what, two-three months of moderate temps, at best? Mix in plenty of rain & wind during that time and your pretty picture of Chicago weather isn’t really what you’d have us to believe is it!?!

    Chargers 2011 average attendance: 65,128
    Bears 2011 average attendance: 62,232

    Numbers don’t lie. Plenty of fans are supporting the Chargers.
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    That’s it, SourPuss, you win with the weather!

    Stick the weather in your empty trophy case. 🙂

    San Diego is a soft city with soft fans and a soft team.

    Just move baby!

  20. Ha..if this was a steelers vs chargers game it woulda been sold out instantly. 2 weak teams with very weak fan bases are why this isnt sold out! Take notice how steelers fans invade candlestick! Chumps!

  21. @steelersownyou,

    This is hysterical. The most bandwagon team in the land (yes more than Dallas) is actually speaking. Of course you guys would have more fans there because 99% of your fans aren’t from or have never been to western PA. You’re just a bunch of chumps that said “hey the Steelers won a couple SB’s in the last decade, let me cheer for them because I have no loyalty to my home team”.. How’s Seattle this time of year you joke?

  22. joetoronto says:
    That’s it, SourPuss, you win with the weather!

    Stick the weather in your empty trophy case.

    San Diego is a soft city with soft fans and a soft team.

    Just move baby!

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    And what would a Charger blackout story be without the raiduh bandwagon driving joetoronto? A member of a ‘nation’ of bandwagon riders that can’t seem to sellout even 50% of their games in the last decade. Hilarious.

    Remind us oh mighty super fan…how many raider games have you been to?

  23. Chargers 2011 average attendance: 65,128
    Raiturds 2011 average attendance: 59,358

    Looks like the Raiturds aren’t really a nation after all.

  24. So according to some of the mouth breathing steeler fans it is the Ravens fault that the CHARGERS can’t sell out their home game ??

    No wonder the rest of league thinks you are a bunch of tools.

  25. Attendence ranking 2011

    Ranked 10th – Baltimore
    (Home 71,244 Away 63,904) overall 67,856

    Ranked 23rd –Pittsburgh
    (Home 63,456 Away 67,873) overall 65,495

    Oh and San Diego is ranked 20th

    So much for the “vaunted ” steeler nation

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