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Blackout lifted for Chargers home opener

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On Thursday the Chargers announced that they had been given an extension to sell the remaining 2,100 or so tickets they needed to move to avoid a local television blackout of their home opener against the Titans.

The Chargers made another announcement on Friday and it’s good news for those in the San Diego market looking forward to watching the game on the tube. The tickets have been sold and the blackout has been lifted.

It’s unknown whether the tickets were snapped up by fans or if the team bought the tickets in order to avoid the blackout. If it was the latter, the team would have to pay the 34 cents per dollar on the seats that goes to the visiting team. The Chargers did not choose to take advantage of the new NFL rule allowing teams to lower their blackout threshold by as much as 15 percent.

The Chargers are promoting this weekend’s game as a White Hot Sunday and asking all fans to wear white to the game in honor of the event while the team will be wearing white jerseys and white pants — yes, after Labor Day — for the first time in years.

Photo via the San Diego Chargers

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13 Responses to “Blackout lifted for Chargers home opener”
  1. dougydougdoug says: Sep 14, 2012 5:19 PM

    Considering it’s likely going to be a nice, stinky hot day at the Murph, they don’t know how good a coincidence this will be.

  2. natelan69 says: Sep 14, 2012 5:37 PM

    My Chargers should have worn the powder blues against the Titans to show them how the color is REALLY worn.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 14, 2012 6:02 PM

    If they moved to Los Angeles, every game would be televised in San Diego. I’d think most Chargers fans would be in favor of the move.

  4. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 14, 2012 6:07 PM

    Not even a Chargers Fan, but glad to see this. I loathe when there is talk about any team moving to LA. NFL needs to expand to place a team in LA rather than take one from a city and their fans.

  5. danfoutsbeard619 says: Sep 14, 2012 6:14 PM

    These three separate articles were unecessary, either report that the game is blacked out or dont report anything at all. What’s with this websites hatred and biased reporting on any team not on the east coast?

  6. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 14, 2012 6:25 PM

    San Diego won’t build a stadium for the team. I went to Super Bowl 22 there. I was 14. I won’t tell you how old I am now, but the Georgia Dome was built after that and the Falcons will have a new home in the ATL before the Chargers get one in SD.

  7. jasons81 says: Sep 14, 2012 6:38 PM

    @dirtysouthironmen

    I feel that the league doesn’t actually want a team in LA because they enjoy using the threat of relocation as a means to get taxpayer funding for new stadiums

  8. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 14, 2012 7:00 PM

    [rant] Can we just get an official dictate from the NFL that stipulates that the Home team must wear its Home uniforms and end this trend of wearing some version of the Road colors (i.e. Whites) in front of the Home fans?

    Yes, I know that some hot-weather teams try to use it for a competitive advantage. Just stop it. If a coach or an owner thinks wearing dark home colors in a sunny stadium puts his team at a disadvantage, then petition the NFL to change the Home uniforms to a lighter color.

    Other teams do it as a head-game — I recall reading a couple of years ago about a team who decided to play in their Road uniforms at home as some kind of motivational technique. Just stop it. If your team plays harder because they feel like they’re the “away” team, then you’re doing something wrong. If you subscribe to the superstition that your Home uniforms are unlucky, then petition the NFL for new Home colors.

    Some teams do it out of “tradition,” which usually means that once upon a time they had a great run of success wearing the Road uniforms (I think we all know who we’re talking about here). Just stop it. Just because you’ve done it for a long time doesn’t make it right.

    Seriously, there are NFL people whose job it is to make sure that players don’t wear the wrong color shoes, but the League doesn’t have a rule about this? [/rant]

  9. villa41 says: Sep 14, 2012 7:03 PM

    It’s just not a football town and never has been. The team could barely muster support in the good years, and those days are long gone. Turd-ner and company continue on the downward spiral to illrelevancy. The San Diego metro area is overrated too.

    There are many areas in the East Bay that are just as nice as San Diego like Piedmont, Hayward, Fremont, and a lot of Alameda that’s not in the industrial area near the stadium.

    The Gaslamp district in the San Diego city center is full of overpriced chain microbreweries and pubs you can find in any other city. Don’t wander far or you’ll find yourself in no man’s land too. The area surrounding the district is far worse than the worst part of Oakland proper or South Central L.A.

    I’ve travelled to San Diego a fair number of times, not just for football games but for business as well. I made the mistake once of booking a room at the Coronado. I thought the ocean breeze would be refreshing before and after a long day of meetings. Boy, was I wrong. The stench of raw sewage permeated the room as soon as I opened the doors to the oceanfront view. It was obvious there was illegal dumping of toxic waste in the Pacific close to the hotel. What a shame for the hotel and the city in general.

    I’m glad I only visit this place for football games and business meetings from time to time.

  10. hoetoronto says: Sep 14, 2012 7:27 PM

    My Raiders are gonna kick the Chargers’ behind on MNF opener! Just you wait and see!!! Just you wait!! Oh. Never mind. Im from Toronto!!

  11. raiderapologist says: Sep 14, 2012 7:48 PM

    It’s unknown whether the tickets were snapped up by fans? That’s about as likely as the Chargers winning a championship.

  12. dasmol says: Sep 15, 2012 9:33 AM

    Well, we know they didn’t have to offer two for one tickets. I mean, how pathetic is your fan base to have to offer that much of a discount?

    @villa41

    Who vacations in Oakland?

  13. dougydougdoug says: Sep 15, 2012 3:12 PM

    House41:

    What’s the number one industry in San Diego?
    Do you need help? Tourism. It’s been that way, even as long ago as the defense boom, when General Dynamics was the largest private industry in town. Discerning families clearly have found San Diego to be a fantastic place to spend their hard-earned travel dollars.

    As I already explained to you, several times, because San Diego is such a desirable location, it attracts people from everywhere. Therefore, it has an affect on NFL allegiance.

    There isn’t a single city or attraction anywhere in the east bay, which garners enough tourist dollars to even crack the top 100 in annual listings. Not even close. You live in the shadows of the much more desirable San Francisco skyline, and as a result, feel inclined to be bitter about any locations which outclass yours. Which are many.

    But the vast majority of Raiders’ fanatics live in poor and undesirable locations. The true outcasts of society. For the same reasons that inner city blacks and Hispanics join street gangs, so too are the causes of loyalty to a low-class brand such as the Raiders.

    Your idol, Al Davis, played you all several times. He played you when he took the team to the worst part of LA, and then he played you again when he brought it back to the dankest spot in all of California. He would have likely done so a third time, had the good Lord not taken mercy on all of our souls, and taken that character away.

    Keep trying. No one will argue that San Diego has a disparate and eclectic fan base. But that’s why it’s a fantastic city, never to be mentioned in the same sentence as any of those east of San Francisco.

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