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‘Boys-Bolts game blacked out

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The San Diego Chargers opted not to take advantage of the new blackout rule.  Maybe they should have.

The preseason game between the Cowboys and Chargers has been blacked out in San Diego, with nearly 5,600 non-premium tickets remaining.  The Chargers managed to sell only 700 non-premium tickets in the last two days.

If the Chargers had chosen to reduce the minimum number of non-premium tickets from 100 percent to 85 percent, the game would have been televised locally.  By opting to stay at 100 percent and then by not choosing to write the check necessary to lift the blackout (teams can do that by purchasing all unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar), the Chargers are inviting complaints from fans who want to watch the game on television.

There may not be much or any outcry for now, since it’s a meaningless preseason game.  If, however, the Chargers fall within the 85-to-100 percent range in ticket sales for regular season games and refuse to pay the money necessary to lift the blackout, plenty of fans could be loudly criticizing the Chargers for not reducing the minimum percentage to mesh with the actual ticket sales in order to ensure that the games will be available on local TV.

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30 Responses to “‘Boys-Bolts game blacked out”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 9:41 PM

    Good. No one wants to watch the new last place team of the NFC East Dallas Cowboys attempt to play football anyways brother.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Aug 15, 2012 9:55 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, your LOS ANGELES CHARGERS!

  3. msclemons67 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:11 PM

    No game is blacked out for anyone with an internet connection. The NFL needs to wise up.

  4. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 15, 2012 10:12 PM

    The Packers could sell out the Chargers stadium in preseason last week but the Cowboys cannot.

    Anecdotal evidence on the size and enthusiasm of the fan bases.

  5. icdogg says: Aug 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    After that last Cowboys game there isn’t much demand to see the coming stinkfest

  6. gobills716 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:19 PM

    Since when has it become noteworthy that teams don’t sell out preseason games? In my lifetime I can only think of a handful of Bills preseason games sellout. I’m a season ticket holder so I have to buy the tickets but I would NEVER pay full price for a preseason game if I wasn’t forced to

  7. gweez76 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:21 PM

    Pretty nonsensical and backwards logic.

    If a fan calls complaining about not being able to watch the game my answer would be, “Sorry about that, would you like to buy a ticket for next week?”

    Since when did it become a right to watch a football game?

  8. vbe2 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:27 PM

    It’s pre-season, does it REALLY matter? It’ll be on NFLN soon after anyway and people can just sign up for the $20 package that NFL.COM offers too.

  9. hardate says: Aug 15, 2012 10:31 PM

    Outcry from the fans?

    Really? If you want to see the game, get off your fat arse, and buy a ticket.

    Move ‘em to LA, their stadium sucks, no local support and it’ll shut all the clowns up about the Jags moving.

  10. tdotbronco says: Aug 15, 2012 10:38 PM

    Charger fans suck. It’s gonna be more Dallas fans then San Diego. send then to LA already.

  11. Matt says: Aug 15, 2012 10:49 PM

    Shame on Cowboys fans for not selling out a home game. jk.

    Go Raiders!

  12. jimcaldwellsucks says: Aug 15, 2012 11:26 PM

    With each move the Chargers make it confirms how correct Eli Manning was when he quoted Ron Burgundy.

  13. ripseau says: Aug 15, 2012 11:45 PM

    Its preseason. Who cares if the game is blacked out? Its glorified practice

  14. chi01town says: Aug 15, 2012 11:45 PM

    Only a dumb packers fan would think its OK that an NFL football game is blacked out. This is the NFL you idiot an any black out game hurts ALL TEAMS… AN ALL FANS. so dont forget to LOVE THE GAME not just the team in your town

  15. raiderrob21 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:46 PM

    We were told here in the Bay Area in years past that Blackout rules didnt apply in the preseason, and it was up to each organization to show the game or not. Either way, to expect a sellout for a preseason game is ridiculous. Even 85% capacity for the preseason is asking too much. Asking full price for preseason tickets is another variable to the problem.

  16. will61589 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:54 PM

    I love the haters bagging on us for not selling out a preseason game. First of all it’s a ripoff and second of all, our stadium is larger than most in the league. We averaged over 65,000 fans last year, good enough for 19th in the league! I can think of 13 better teams to move to LA than SD. That’s why it hasn’t happened and will never happen, the NFL doesn’t want to lose this market. Keep hating, no one here takes anything you losers say seriously.

  17. kane337 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:56 PM

    I’ve never heard of a preseason (practice) game getting blacked out. This has to be the dumbest thing in all of sports.

  18. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 16, 2012 1:51 AM

    The San Diego chargers will not move! San Diego is the nicest city in the US! My home away from home here in Minnesota!
    Finally our stadium deal got done, so tiring gearing ignorant fans with the LA Vikings or LA rams or. LA chargers or LA Jags
    It is annoying, LA can wait, they have blown it ….. How many times now?

  19. jimmysee says: Aug 16, 2012 5:41 AM

    “Since when did it become a right to watch a football game?

    Maybe since taxpayers starting subsidizing stadium construction or renovation costs.

  20. joetoronto says: Aug 16, 2012 6:37 AM

    Wait until they don’t sellout their regular season games, when we’ll all hear about how the weather was too nice to go to the game.

    These are the same fans that praise a coward like Jr Seau, who left 2 little kids out to dry.

    Just move, baby.

  21. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 16, 2012 6:55 AM

    if i were nfl brass, blackouts would effect reg-season/playoffs. let the fans watch practice , er, i mean pre-season games for free.

  22. jpb12 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:59 AM

    This says as much about ‘America’s Team’ as it does about the Chargers

  23. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 16, 2012 7:25 AM

    The NFL needs to take that gun and put it back in the holster. If they keep shooting themselves in the foot then maybe the people will stop handing them huge chunks of tax-payer dollars. It’s one thing to pour millions into stadiums … quite another to do that and then be told you can’t even watch the games.

  24. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:48 AM

    America’s Team should sell out every game, home or away! Right….they are America’s Team?

  25. dirtysouthironmen says: Aug 16, 2012 8:00 AM

    1. Hey Florio to make sure you are unbiased in your reporting make sure you report on every team that has a blackout in the preseason. I know there is at least one other team whose game will be blacked out this week. Will you report on it? Same goes for the regular season, try not to pick and choose which teams you will report on. A blackout is a blackout, report based on facts not an agenda. I know it will be real hard for you, but try. No really try!

    2. For any of you that actually wish for a one team to move to another city is stupid IMHO. No fan from that city wants to see their team move. You don’t think they might be upset to see their team go?

    Yes, I am 100% sure that if they all could afford to be season ticket holders they would be; but if you have ever been to a game and maybe take your family you will drop a good $400-500.

    Let LA get their own team(s) and not suck off another city.

  26. homelanddefense says: Aug 16, 2012 9:18 AM

    will61589 says: Aug 15, 2012 11:54 PM

    I love the haters bagging on us for not selling out a preseason game. First of all it’s a ripoff and second of all, our stadium is larger than most in the league. We averaged over 65,000 fans last year, good enough for 19th in the league! I can think of 13 better teams to move to LA than SD. That’s why it hasn’t happened and will never happen, the NFL doesn’t want to lose this market. Keep hating, no one here takes anything you losers say seriously.

    _________________________________

    WOW, 19th in NFL attendance. That is an amazing feat for the 8th largest US city. Especially considering one of the cities with more population doesnt even have a team.

  27. sd5547 says: Aug 16, 2012 9:32 AM

    I understand the Charger fans, We have had season tickets for 30 years. After they kept Norv and AJ We almost did not renew, We decided instead to keep the tradition alive since it’s a family thing and has been for thirty years. People here are pissed about them keeping Norv and AJ so why buy tickets? The fan base here is strong and the team will stay in San Diego all you loser saying they are moving to LA are just jealous. I am off to the beach to watch the hottest women in the US. Enjoy your trailer park cities gentlemen.

    America’s finest city.

  28. ripseau says: Aug 16, 2012 10:53 AM

    @prpl
    Im sick of all the LA doesnt deserve a team nonsense. It was never the peoples fault the rams and raiders left. The colluseum is a monument and just an awful place to watch a game.
    Bring LA a team and they’ll b fine. The fact that LA does NOT have a football team is insane. Its like if the Yankees and Mets left NY and they doent have a team for ten years. It sounds crazy but ny and LA are 1 and 2 tv markets in the us.

  29. bigdawg61009 says: Aug 16, 2012 10:33 PM

    They forgot to add the last paragraph where they say Jacksonville will fall in the same boat and stand a chance to be sold to LA…..

  30. natelan69 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    As a Charger fan living in San Diego, I guarantee this game will NOT be blacked out for me, or any other game for that matter… #IllegalInternetFeed

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