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Chargers’ home opener could be blacked out

The Chargers chose not to reduce the minimum number of tickets that need to be sold to avoid a blackout.  As a result, the team’s first regular-season home game of the season could be blacked out.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, several thousand tickets remain for Sunday’s game against the Titans.  The shortfall exists despite an aggressive effort to market the game, from a “White Hot Sunday” gimmick that entails the players wearing all white uniforms and fans being encouraged to wear white shirts to the presence of No. 55 helmet decals in honor of the late Junior Seau.

If the remaining non-premium tickets aren’t sold by 4:25 p.m. ET on Thursday, the game will be blacked out locally.

The bigger question is whether the Chargers will buy the unsold seats at 34 cents on the dollar, given the team’s refusal to ensure local TV by reducing their minimum sales obligation.

And the even bigger question is whether a refusal by the team to buy the tickets could be part of a broader effort to lay the foundation for a move up the road to Los Angeles.

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47 Responses to “Chargers’ home opener could be blacked out”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 12, 2012 11:09 PM

    The Chargers are head and shoulders the best professional football team in California. Shame the folks aren’t showing up though.

  2. thebraso says: Sep 12, 2012 11:13 PM

    I live in LA and hate having to watch charger games, please let this be blacked out so we get a decent game on

  3. ern215 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:15 PM

    please go to los angeles, so they can stop talking about the raiders moving.

  4. eastsideballa says: Sep 12, 2012 11:17 PM

    No reason for the states of CA and FL to have 3 NFL teams each, spread the love, Im sure Oklahoma city would embrace an NFL team, including, the states of Utah, and Nevada. The chargers, bucs, and bengals all need to be relocated.

  5. Soulman45 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:19 PM

    No jobs in Calf. it they think SD is bad wait tell they get a LA.

  6. mad55555 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:22 PM

    so what!!! Who cares?!?!? Their fairweather fans don’t why the hell should you by reporting on it. They barely beat the Raiderssssssss when they gave them the ball 3 times. The only thing good about California, Mexico Is the weather and women.

  7. tinbender2000 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:24 PM

    An honor to Junior Seau on opening night after beating the Raiders and they can’t sell out ? Good luck with the rest of the season.

  8. granadafan says: Sep 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    Time to end the archaic and asinine blackout rule. No other business in the world denies services/product to customers just because not enough of their overpriced product is purchased.

  9. lightcleric says: Sep 12, 2012 11:27 PM

    I hope they move to LA so the owners will finally stop using the “We could move to LA” card to try and get hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build a new stadium to charge them ever-higher ticket prices.

  10. boltfan24 says: Sep 12, 2012 11:29 PM

    The biggest question is why u always pounce on a negative Chargers story and never anything positive? Just like your nice little article about us trying to replace VJ with kick returners while leaving out our best return man. Great how u can just take Acee’s or Gehlken’s stories and make them your own.

  11. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 12, 2012 11:35 PM

    Hmm… It seems that all roads lead to LA. No matter which team is involved.

  12. footballer4ever says: Sep 12, 2012 11:49 PM

    I propose for the dolphins get deported somewhere else. Really! Dolphins are not relevant to this community! Outta here!

  13. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Sep 12, 2012 11:50 PM

    Glad LA didnt take the Vikings fan Minnesota, i mean you all know where the Lakers are originaly from right?

  14. jbaxt says: Sep 12, 2012 11:55 PM

    So it does mean a whale’s vagina. Stay classy San Diago.

  15. raidermark says: Sep 13, 2012 12:08 AM

    This team sucks like the fans suck. We own your little minds, Sincerely Raider Nation.

  16. footballchic777 says: Sep 13, 2012 12:09 AM

    Hey, leave us Bengals outta this talk!

  17. 7pints says: Sep 13, 2012 12:19 AM

    Damn that is sad! And after you open the season beating a division rival in their house? Pathetic. But don’t get excited Jokeland, you were in the same boat forever. Last year you had one year of “sell outs” in recent history.

  18. socalraider909 says: Sep 13, 2012 12:24 AM

    Its funny because all these charger fans are always talking s**t about the Raiders and the fans won’t even show up to their own home opener

  19. rajbais says: Sep 13, 2012 12:35 AM

    Firing AJ Smith and Norv Turner would have done that.

    They beat the Raiders as Oakland goes to last place in 2012.

  20. ripseau says: Sep 13, 2012 12:47 AM

    ANOTHER Charger blackout story and its been how long since a reg season game has been blacked out in sd? Shocking
    Way to beat a dead horse….to death

  21. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 13, 2012 12:49 AM

    Fair weather fans indeed!

  22. delusionalcardsfan says: Sep 13, 2012 1:08 AM

    As us Cardinals fans keep spinning the Wheel O’ Quarterbacks, we have sold out every game since moving to the Jiffy Pop stadium. The Chargers are worth seeing and should always be sold out in that beautiful football weather in SD. Ya’ll better take advantage of having a franchise before the team bolts!

  23. mystereo says: Sep 13, 2012 1:44 AM

    Spanos already announced the move to LA.

  24. maximusprime107 says: Sep 13, 2012 2:31 AM

    I mean San Diego and LA are so close to each other they might as well move them

  25. danfoutsbeard619 says: Sep 13, 2012 2:59 AM

    You raiders fans are hilarious, since returning to Chokeland 79 out of 143 home games have been blacked out thats 55% or more than half of all home games for you mathematically challenged citizens of the third world country known as Raider Nation, and to the guy who said they own the chargers you do know they lost on Monday right? and the raiders are 3-16 in the last 19 games.

  26. ripseau says: Sep 13, 2012 3:29 AM

    So how did the Raider Nation look after the game monday night? I bet there was a lot of running black makeup

  27. joetoronto says: Sep 13, 2012 4:58 AM

    Do their fair weather fans realize they’re going to honor the coward, Jr Seau?

    Ya, he was a great man, who left his two little kids out to dry.

  28. jpb12 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:12 AM

    They started in LA….

  29. sj39 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:16 AM

    It would be even worse in LA. Those liberal freaks in Cali just don’t care about football!

  30. raiders757 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:40 AM

    Face it. The Chargers just don’t have THAT many fans. They don’t appeal to very many on a national level at all, and there’s a lot of better things to do in SD than blow a car payment sized chunk of cash on a football game. The fans they do have, just don’t have the same pride and enthusiasm in their team that other fan bases do. They’re just not an appealing franchise. Sending them to a market filled with Raiders fans isn’t going to help anything. Keep them in SD and build a slightly smaller stadium.

  31. zeddicuszorander says: Sep 13, 2012 7:50 AM

    @joetoronto……Dude….you troll charger posts with a fascination that is commendable. Sorry Monday night didn’t work out the way you hoped.

    I bet when you were hoping for a cracked skull in the game you didn’t expect it to be your long snapper and that it would cost you the game.

    Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

  32. ripseau says: Sep 13, 2012 7:57 AM

    Stay classy, joetoronto

    So come back here when karma throws you down the stairs. Seriously, y do u create bad energy for yourself? You would b much happier in life if u didnt put EVERYONE down. Do u hate your life that much?

  33. thebonus44 says: Sep 13, 2012 8:01 AM

    San Diego is a great place, and have some diehard fans. The stadium, on the other hand, is a dump. The Chargers are caught in a tough spot.

  34. samtheram says: Sep 13, 2012 8:10 AM

    The Chargers can’t move, the only team that can move to LA is the Rams.

  35. iaraider says: Sep 13, 2012 8:35 AM

    Its funny how you Chargers fans wanna throw history at us Raider fans now, but since you brought it up… How many Lombardis do you have again??? Thats what I thought! Dont speak unless spoken to!

  36. villa41 says: Sep 13, 2012 8:41 AM

    Just blackout the entire sorry franchise…and the city. The team had a chance to do something when Marty was the coach, but now the Dolts are once more irrelevant and getting worse and worse every year.

    The team just got handed a game by the Raiders due to a special teams disaster, a game in which the Raiders actually outplayed the Dolts.

    Oh, the city is overrated too. I’ve been there several times. The Gaslamp district is a hole with nothing special going on there, and the crime in city center gets brushed under the carpet but it’s there. Oh yeah, the women in Oakland are much better looking too.

  37. jjackwagon says: Sep 13, 2012 8:51 AM

    I see Joe (the troll) Toronto is making the rounds of the entire AFC West spewing his drivel. Must be tough carrying all that hate around. It’s probably because deep down, in places he doesn’t like to talk about, he knows his Raiders are still irrelevant.

  38. brassknuckles47 says: Sep 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    With blackouts, the local TV and radio advertisers are going to SCREAM since their commercials will not be run! This can not happen to many times w/o the media making their case to the Chargers management. The Chargers are just trying to make a point for some reasons.

  39. congocash says: Sep 13, 2012 9:19 AM

    If u go to an SD game… Prepare yourself to get into at least one fight with somebody before the game ends.. I doubt los angeles would be much different.

  40. xpensivewinos says: Sep 13, 2012 9:49 AM

    You’re dealing with an owner who is not well liked, they’ve got a GM and coach that the majority of the fan base wanted fired years ago, a perennially underachieving team and as long as the team continues to leverage the threat of leaving, smart fans are giving them the finger.

    Same old, same old with the Chargers…….

  41. slickster35 says: Sep 13, 2012 10:36 AM

    Nothing funnier than seeing the totally irrelevant faider fans trying to troll threads.

    Last place in a mediocre division stings.

    As for the chargers, I love your city. The finest in America. But seriously, you’ve got to support your team or it’ll be moved to LA where no one cares about the NFL. Well, no one that matters aka: fade fans.

  42. texxxasmade says: Sep 13, 2012 3:26 PM

    GO TEXANS!!!

  43. dasmol says: Sep 13, 2012 3:32 PM

    Gotta love the fair weather fan comments coming from raiduh fans. The numbers have already been posted, so the idea of a raiduh fan having the gall to smack talk about sell outs, is nothing short of hilarious.

    Me? I’m a season ticket holder in my 19th season. In those 19 years I missed 1, count it, 1 regular season game. That includes the 1-15 season. You raiduh fans are notorious for being fair weather. I’ve prbably been to more raiduh/charger games than most of you have been to raiduh/anybody games. Look at the stats, you don’t go if they don’t win. Definition of fair weather, right there.

    Do we have fair weather fans, sure. Every team does. But this city also has dynamics that most other cities do not and that has to be taken into consideration.

    Personally, I can’t stand fair weather fans for any team, including my own.

  44. dasmol says: Sep 13, 2012 3:36 PM


    Comparing to city of Oakland to san Diego, especially the women?

    You wanna compare team history, go for it, you’ve clearly got us beat head to head and trophy wise.

    But city and women-wise? lol

    It’s a little early to be drinking don’t you think?

  45. raiderallegiance says: Sep 13, 2012 10:33 PM

    “danfoutsbeard619 says: Sep 13, 2012 2:59 AM

    You raiders fans are hilarious, since returning to Chokeland 79 out of 143 home games have been blacked out thats 55% or more than half of all home games for you mathematically challenged citizens of the third world country known as Raider Nation, and to the guy who said they own the chargers you do know they lost on Monday right? and the raiders are 3-16 in the last 19 games.” Hint: “that’s”

    Great job by the Dolts (Team named after a credit card) over the past seasons’ run of wins over the Raiders. As I recall it was even @13 in a row at one point. But the is not as good as the 16 in a row the Raiders beat the Chargers ans the 23 of 25 record in a span of time. In fact here it is Chargers V Raiders historically: San Raiders 57 – Chargers 45 Tie-2 for you mathematically challenged citizens of the third world country known as Doltsland, that is (.548) . So if they can just get twelve more in a row the game history will be tied. Then there is that little matter of Superbowls/Super Bowl. I know that’s gotta hurt. What was that score of their only visit. Damn been near 50 years of a Superbowl and Chokediego been to one show and got beat down.

    You call the Raiders “Chokeland?” You better look at yourself and your sorry ass excuse for a team before parading your ignorance. San Diego, the team time long forgot, with the worst owner and GM in the league has no voice. “Chokediego!”

    Times are especially tough in Oakland these days but at least there is always hope here unlike your cesspool of despair in Mexdiego. Where are Chokediego fans around the country? The world? Yeah that’s right only in your sorry pit. Sit down boy!

    Let it ride, I’ll put good money Raiders battle for #1 against Denver and playoff spot over your pathetic losers.

  46. zfeint says: Sep 14, 2012 1:20 AM

    Chill out, man. San Diego has LA to the north, lot of Raiders fans there. San Diego has Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton north of it, filled with out of staters. Large military population in the city of San Diego, a lot of who are from other states. That isn’t counting the large number of ttansplants from other states bringing their allegiance to other teams with them. I can’t go a day without interacting with an out of stater. So, it’s no surprise that people bash San Diego, saying “back home is more loyal”, yet they ignor the fact that a larger portion of SD is transplants than where they come from. With that said, GO CHARGERS!!!

  47. zfeint says: Sep 14, 2012 1:23 AM

    Not counting non-military out of staters as well, i meant to add. Typed on a touch screen.

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