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Chargers get extension to sell enough seats to avoid blackout

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The Chargers might have been being coy earlier this week about how many seats they had left to sell to avoid a television blackout of their home opener against the Titans, but they’ve decided to go the explicit route with time running short.

They released a statement Thursday afternoon announcing that they have received a 24-hour extension to sell enough seats to avoid the blackout. According to the team, they must sell approximately 2,100 seats by 1:25 p.m. PT on Friday in order to avoid the blackout. They also made sure to let people know that there are plenty of club seats available, although selling those seats would do nothing to assure the game is on television for those not at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers chose not to take advantage of the new rule allowing them to lower the blackout threshold by up to 15 percent in order to make it easier to avoid blackouts. Doing so would have cost the team 16 cents more per ticket on any sold above the newly established threshold.

Even if the Chargers can’t sell out their remaining non-premium seats, the team could buy up the remainder at 34 cents on the dollar to ensure that the game is aired locally. They have given no indication about what they plan to do on that front, although Thursday’s statement makes it clear that they would prefer to sell the seats they have left rather than purchase them for themselves.

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19 Responses to “Chargers get extension to sell enough seats to avoid blackout”
  1. dgrowe213 says: Sep 13, 2012 4:53 PM

    Wouldn’t it be more profitable to sell those tickets to the public for $5? $10-20 on parking, beer and food sales, plus they wouldn’t lose the local advertising revenue…

    I don’t know. That’s why I dont run a franchise.

  2. panamon says: Sep 13, 2012 4:54 PM

    Just running a business, they know they’ll have to buy the tickets and that many of those seats are very bad.

  3. 7pints says: Sep 13, 2012 5:02 PM

    dgrowe213 says:

    Wouldn’t it be more profitable to sell those tickets to the public for $5?
    __________________________________

    This would just entice full price ticket purchasers to wait until the last second hoping they get the dollar store deal. The key is having a fan base that actual supports their team.

  4. dasmol says: Sep 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    It’s as good as aired. There’s too much advertising money invested. Once they get down to a couple of thousand, someome usually steps in and buys them.

  5. rooneyruleblues says: Sep 13, 2012 5:09 PM

    There are about 2000 seats behind both benches that you cannot see the whole field. You cant even see over the players heads when they are standing on the sideline. This is why those final 2k tickets are always so hard to sell.

  6. tfoltz says: Sep 13, 2012 5:19 PM

    They don’t want to make it easier to avoid blackouts, and we don’t want to buy expensive tickets. We’ll just go put something on the grill and get ready for the night game.

  7. nflhof says: Sep 13, 2012 5:26 PM

    Blah blah blah the game will be on tv. But the badgering sure was fun wasn’t it?

  8. joetoronto says: Sep 13, 2012 5:34 PM

    It’s San Diego, nobody cares.

  9. schmitty2 says: Sep 13, 2012 5:41 PM

    rooneyruleblues says:Sep 13, 2012 5:09 PM

    There are about 2000 seats behind both benches that you cannot see the whole field. You cant even see over the players heads when they are standing on the sideline. This is why those final 2k tickets are always so hard to sell.

    Totally agree. My boss has season tickets behind the visitors bench and you have to watch the game on the Jumbo Tron. Why do that when you can stay at home and drink beer for cheap?

  10. azbroncos says: Sep 13, 2012 5:47 PM

    Sad to see, as much as I don’t like the Chargers it would be terrible to see the team leave San Diego. On that front though it doesn’t seem like the city really wants this team. Both Mayors don’t want to push money in for a stadium and bad ticket sales are a bad sign. LA Chargers ehhhh doesn’t sound right

  11. dougydougdoug says: Sep 13, 2012 5:52 PM

    dgrowe213:

    You’d think so, but that’s not how the business is set-up.

    Local on air ad revenue isn’t really critical. If you recall, one of the most important things about the NFL (which baseball and basketball fail to heed) is that all 32 owners share the TV revenue. That’s why small markets (like Green Bay) can (obviously) compete with the large markets, like New York.

    As for discounting individual seat prices, no owner will do that. Besides the extra business complexities, fundamentally, they’re not going create the incentive for the public to sit back and wait for the discounts. They want people in those seats at full value, even if it means losing some sales. Don’t forget, those stadium sales all go into Spanos’ pockets. That revenue isn’t shared.

  12. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 13, 2012 5:55 PM

    “There are about 2000 seats behind both benches that you cannot see the whole field. You cant even see over the players heads when they are standing on the sideline. This is why those final 2k tickets are always so hard to sell.”

    You’d think it would make more sense for the team to just remove those seats altogether. Good PR and ultimately a money-saver, it seems.

  13. danfoutsbeard619 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:02 PM

    Once again joetoronto is trolling other team pages, what a sad pathetic life you live, but thats all you have to entertain yourself when you are a Raiderettes fan. I noticed you were absent after they lost on Monday. I guess you needed the extra days to wipe your tears

  14. mrgroovesd says: Sep 13, 2012 6:05 PM

    Even though they haven’t raised the price for the last 5 years, they know it’s hard to sell tickets in a city with a few armed force bases in it with so many people from different cities living there. Just the reality of it.

  15. dasmol says: Sep 13, 2012 7:19 PM

    Not sure I agree with the obstructed view seats being the ones that aren’t selling. Those seats always seem to have people in them. The same people.

  16. dasmol says: Sep 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    @josietoronto

    Somebody cares enough to comment! Every Charger post they can. lol

  17. r8rh8r says: Sep 13, 2012 7:26 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 13, 2012 5:34 PM
    It’s San Diego, nobody cares.

    Pure comedy, this guy. Which team, in the history of the NFL, has the most blackouts? And which team, in the history of the NFL, blacked out the most in one season (tied with the ’72 Redskins)? I bet JoeCanadian knows.

    But let’s give them a break. A large majority of their fans were incarcerated during the regular season…

    Your Faiders look good dude. Keep the faith…right…

  18. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 13, 2012 9:10 PM

    Joetoronto talking again? Raiders lowered their sellout threshold to 85%. Why? That’s because no one wants to go to that dump. Better hope Joakland wins in Miami this week.

  19. ajchargers says: Sep 14, 2012 5:59 PM

    Oh come on guys.. He’s just upset because his (ex)wife is getting action with a Chargers fan, he’s Canadian, they’re smart enough to not like the Raiders, right?

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