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Chargers had 9,200 unsold tickets at blackout deadline

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The good news is that, even if the 2-0 Chargers had taken rule advantage of the new 85-percent rule, their home game against the 2-0 Falcons still would have been blacked out locally.

The bad news is that, even if the 2-0 Chargers had taken rule advantage of the new 85-percent rule, their home game against the 2-0 Falcons still would have been blacked out locally.

According to U-T San Diego, the Chargers had more than 9,200 unsold seats at the time the deadline for selling enough tickets came and went.

Regardless of the reason(s), that’s alarming.

The other bit of good news (if there is any) for the Chargers is that they don’t have another home game for three weeks, and then another three weeks after that.  And then another three weeks after that.  So maybe the lag will make more fans willing to show up — especially if the Bolts can continue their uncharacteristic streak of early-season success.

With half of the home schedule falling after Thanksgiving, they’d better.

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34 Responses to “Chargers had 9,200 unsold tickets at blackout deadline”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2012 10:05 AM

    What an irrelevant franchise.

    Just move, baby.

  2. JSpicoli says: Sep 21, 2012 10:07 AM

    San-ta An-a Super CHARGERS!!!!

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:09 AM

    i dont like calling out fan bases but wow thats bad for a team that has a chance to be 3-0

  4. ernie ernie says: Sep 21, 2012 10:20 AM

    It isn’t the Chargers as much as its the fact Californians don’t have any money after taxes. Hey, its starting. That Obama philosophy or sharing the wealth. Soon no one will be able to go to the games because were all going to be poor.
    Don’t worry, the hollowood cats will all donate big parts of their film income to help us all out.

  5. seattlerogueburner says: Sep 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    70k seat stadium. Economy sucks down there, so it’s easy to see why San Diegons wouldn’t buy tickets. Not to mention the view from the upper seats are horrible. Plus 60% of people who live there aren’t Chargers fans. Hell I lived there for a bit, and I know more Charges fans up here in Seattle then I did in SD.

  6. chargersdiehard says: Sep 21, 2012 10:25 AM

    The quality of the fan base has nothing to do with it. One out of eight people in so cal are unemployed. Gas is over 4 dollars a gallon, tickets to the game are 200 bucks, there is a ton of other fun places to take your family to spend money here, Seaworld, the best zoo in the nation, 90 miles of coastline, Disneyland, Lego Land, etc. This isn’t green bay where there is nothing to do but watch football. San Diego is a melting pot of people from around the country and world who could care less about the Chargers, and the fans that do care are skeptical after the past two seasons. Not to mention Qualcomm seats over 70,000. Most stadiums aren’t over 60,000. Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.

  7. East Coast Raider says: Sep 21, 2012 10:35 AM

    @chargersdiehard:

    I live in the Virginia/DC area, so I understand a lot of your points and their validity, including the melting pot, high gas prices, etc. I see those issues with the Nationals even though they’re actually winning this year.

    However, the one I can’t go with is the idea that I’d rather take my family to Sea World or Lego Land than a Raiders game if given the chance. Football is around for about 4 months a year (maybe a little more for winning teams, but for us Raiders fans, it’s about 4 months). I can’t get behind the excuse “there’s better things to do,” but then listen to those fans rant and gloat then their team is winning while they’re out at Sea World.

  8. sandiegosportswire says: Sep 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    From a Charger Fan: It’s called sending a message you astute football followers. In case you missed Sports Center over the past 5 years, we have Norv Turner as our coach. He has pretty much helped this team regress every year he’s been here! And then there’s The Lord of No Rings, AJ Smith… He decided to pass on Polamalu and Clay Matthews, let Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, Michael Turner, Rodney Harrison and many more go in their prime!

    Hey Dean Spanos can you hear the message?

  9. atrain413 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:53 AM

    Ok. So here is what I don’t get. Chargers can’t sell out home games and everyone is ok cuz the economy is bad and people can’t afford to go. Bucs don’t sell out home games cuz the economy is bad in Tampa and people can’t afford tickets, but Bucs fans get blasted. Kinds hypocritical don’t ya think?

  10. johnnyr8er says: Sep 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Sep 21, 2012 10:25 AM

    Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.

    Uhm… You must be posting from Newport Beach….. San Diego IS a town full of Raider fans.

    NATION!!!!!!

  11. itsnotmeitsyou818 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    Chargers not selling out has nothing to do with Obama…The Raiders are 0-2 and they still manage to sellout…The Chargers fans are not loyal to their team…

  12. fischera50 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:16 AM

    Rumor has it that the Chargers will be moving to Jacksonville!

  13. schmitty2 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:27 AM

    chargersdiehard says:Sep 21, 2012 10:25 AM

    The quality of the fan base has nothing to do with it. One out of eight people in so cal are unemployed. Gas is over 4 dollars a gallon, tickets to the game are 200 bucks, there is a ton of other fun places to take your family to spend money here, Seaworld, the best zoo in the nation, 90 miles of coastline, Disneyland, Lego Land, etc.

    Your argument really has no merit-Disnleyland is 85 bucks a ticket plus the gas to drive 90 mins there plus parking. So how is that CHEAPER than a game?

  14. rooneyruleblues says: Sep 21, 2012 11:42 AM

    Joetoronto, How about dem Raiders!!

  15. chargersdiehard says: Sep 21, 2012 11:45 AM

    @ Johnny- not quite newport, Indio actually, another town full of the the “Nation”. How’s that working out for you all? You sure look good in all black when its 100 degrees out. The spiked shoulder pads, helmet, and face paint must really help the game viewing expierience, cause it sure doesn’t help your team win games! Most penalized team for how many years now?

  16. chargersdiehard says: Sep 21, 2012 11:55 AM

    Why are raider fans reading and commenting on this article anyway? Obsessed much?

  17. amlowlife says: Sep 21, 2012 11:56 AM

    Unemployment, gas prices, blah, blah, blah. Chargers fans are some of the most fickle around.
    Even when the economy was booming there were plenty of tickets for the visitors to swoop up.

    That’s why the AFC West teams love visiting the Chargers. There’s always tickets available and SD is a great town to party in.

    Been to several games there where it was hard to tell who was the home team!

    The real blame is that Falcon fans don’t travel.

  18. johnnyr8er says: Sep 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    @chargersdiehard- You realize you only know those facts about the Raiders because you have no trouble viewing them on National TV?

    Since you spend so many Sunday’s at Sea World, why don’t you give us all your opinion on Shamu’s color tint?

    Good luck dealing with irrelevancy.

  19. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2012 10:05 AM

    What an irrelevant franchise.

    Just move, baby.

    ———————————————————
    Really? This coming from a Raider fan whose team:

    A. Hasn’t had a winning record in 10 years.
    B. Barely had their blackout lifted and that’s with only having to sell 85% of the tickets.
    C. Got BLASTED by the Miami Dolphins!

    Irrelevant? Look no further than the Silver & Black.

  20. studio26seattle says: Sep 21, 2012 12:21 PM

    Really!?! 2-0 and you can’t get people to watch? Sounds like this team will be LA bound in a year or 2.

  21. mullman76 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:47 PM

    @chargersdiehard– Stay off the RAIDERS posts, stop consistently posting trite nonsense and maybe you won’t have to deal with it.

    And please, don’t get it twisted: Nobody cares about the chargers except their “fans”- the RAIDERS however, have a national following.

  22. mark0226 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:02 PM

    Sandiegosportswire has it right. I know several season ticket holders that did not renew as a protest to ownership keeping Norval Turner and AJ Smith. With hindsight now in clear view, Schottenheimer was the real reason the team was 14-2, and not the talent AJ brought in (and can’t keep). It appears Archie Manning was onto something.

  23. ambitoos says: Sep 21, 2012 1:04 PM

    As A.J. Smith would say. It is what it is.

  24. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    chargersdiehard says: . . . Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.

    Since when is anyone talking about moving the team to Oakland?

  25. theboltupcharge says: Sep 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    NoHomeTeam says: Sep 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    chargersdiehard says: . . . Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.

    Since when is anyone talking about moving the team to Oakland?

    He means LA

  26. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 21, 2012 2:46 PM

    theboltupcharge says:

    chargersdiehard says: . . . Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.
    *************
    NoHomeTeam says: chargersdiehard says: . . . Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.

    Since when is anyone talking about moving the team to Oakland?

    He means LA

    Yeah, I know.
    Just my way of saying that this isn’t “town full of Raider fans.”

  27. natelan69 says: Sep 21, 2012 3:15 PM

    johnnyr8er says: Sep 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Sep 21, 2012 10:25 AM

    Moving the Chargers to a town full of Raider fans wont change anything.

    Uhm… You must be posting from Newport Beach….. San Diego IS a town full of Raider fans.

    NATION!!!!!!
    —–

    Funny, I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life. I haven’t seen too many Raiders fans here in San Diego for the last 10 years. I wonder why…?

  28. irieboltzfan says: Sep 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    those that havent been to a Bolts game, you dont understand the ordeal It Is to go to a game. the thought of sitting In more traffic over the weekend driving to a not well placed stadium doesn’t sit well. especially when you can go surfing, sailing, golfing, fishing, and catch the game on either the radio or t.v.

  29. ricksaints says: Sep 21, 2012 5:38 PM

    Most charger fans always have one foot off the bandwagon. I say it’s a lot of things. Economy, fans, horrible ownership and management and knowing that the team might not stay here. I live in SD but am a Saints fan since early 90s.

  30. raiderapologist says: Sep 21, 2012 8:23 PM

    chargersdiehard says: Sep 21, 2012 11:55 AM

    Why are raider fans reading and commenting on this article anyway? Obsessed much?
    —————
    It’s probably because Charger fans are counting the number of blackouts Oakland has had since returning to the Bay, even though they are sold out and the Chargers are not. They like to talk about how bad the Raiders have been the last decade because they like some history, but only the part that puts them, in their small mind’s eye, above Oakland. It deflects attention from their own futile history, and gives them the only success they’ve ever known. Raider fans aren’t obsessed with the Chargers. We just find some of their fans to be loud and annoying.

  31. chargersdiehard says: Sep 21, 2012 11:05 PM

    RA- I do in fact enjoy the Raiders misery, they are our rivals. Just like im sure you wouldnt mind calling rivers a crybaby or Mathews soft, same principle. The only difference is my squad is superior the last decade, yours was when john madden was on playstation one.

  32. ripseau says: Sep 22, 2012 12:39 PM

    Lets get facts strait first of all. It IS the fans fault a huge chunk of fans refuse to buy tix. SD is a party town and sometimes the party makes its way into the Q. Ive been to appx 15 games in my life and its just not a place for families anymore. Maybe other stadiums are differrnt but the q seems like its full of drunks and now that i have a daughter i refuse to go until shes at least a teen.
    The last time i went was car/sd +(rosario catch) and seen a full cup of beer dumped on a car fan who was a KID! That was it for me. I flipped out on the guy.

  33. nativedago76 says: Sep 23, 2012 7:17 AM

    mullman76 says:
    Sep 21, 2012 12:47 PM
    And please, don’t get it twisted: Nobody cares about the chargers except their “fans”- the RAIDERS however, have a national following.

    @mullman76

    NATIONAL FOLLOWING…LOL…thats cause the PRISON SYSTEM shuffles INMATES every 2 years…

  34. rude619 says: Sep 23, 2012 3:32 PM

    Chargers tickets are pricier than most other franchises. As a result Charger fans are faced with having to fill a 70k seat stadium with ticket prices that are $20 more than lesser franchises (ie Oakland). Then add the fact that NFL games arent events you want to take your kids to and you have the 6th black out in 4-5 years. (not bad actually)

    Not just that but San Diego has tons of transplants from all over the country, and we rely on visiting fans to make a strong showing. You’ll never see a GB, jet, NYG, Dal ect… game blacked out.

    Finally, I don’t understand why people think the chargers should move to LA. The chargers know just like the Raiders and Rams knew, LA isn’t a football city. The only reason the raiders had a decent fan base in LA is because of their “criminal image” which still holds true across the nation. It’s pathetic really, almost as pathetic than having more than a decade since they’ve made the playoffs.

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