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Chargers-Bengals doesn’t sell out, meaning blackout

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The Chargers didn’t sell enough tickets for Sunday’s game with the Bengals to avoid a local television blackout, and it wasn’t particularly close.

The Chargers announced that nearly 11,000 tickets remained for the game, far beyond what they needed to move.

This marks the eighth blackout in their last 16 afternoon games, not counting prime time appearances.

And while the team didn’t release numbers, their remaining home games are against the Panthers and Raiders, meaning local fans might have seen the last of them on television, other than road games against the Steelers and Jets.

Of course, that might be a good thing.

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15 Responses to “Chargers-Bengals doesn’t sell out, meaning blackout”
  1. gochargersgo says: Nov 29, 2012 5:00 PM

    What a joke. Big changes needed.

  2. kevinmanosur says: Nov 29, 2012 5:02 PM

    fire norv and a.j

  3. vanmorrissey says: Nov 29, 2012 5:20 PM

    Now even if on TV, who would really watch this mess unless you’re fans of the opposing team? Chargers find ways to lose in historical fashion every week, can they do it again? How about a safety to end the game before OT? How about kicking a FG for the other team? Chargers 2012, a unique experience.

  4. jcdurden88 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:25 PM

    you can always watch it online… and it still sends the message! NO MORE NORV!

  5. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:27 PM

    This is why I don’t get rumors about an eventual team in Los Angeles.

    There’s an obvious solution here. The city of Los Angeles wants a team.
    Fans in San Diego don’t care enough about their team to go to the games. Because they don’t watch the games in the stadium, their games are blacked out, so they can’t watch the games at home either.

    Well, if they’re not going to the games, and if they’re not watching them at home, is it really a big deal to move the team to LA?

    Heck, Chargers fans would finally be able to watch their games on TV, since any team that moves to LA is unlikely to ever get blacked out. That would be an upgrade for them.

    And the people of LA get a team.

  6. buffalobills2012 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:41 PM

    I love to see this as a Bills fan.

  7. mrgroovesd says: Nov 29, 2012 5:41 PM

    If this doesn’t send a message to the front office that if BIG change doesn’t happen then they might as well bust a Colts move and move the team overnight to LA. Even then, the team will have the same effect up there as they do in San Diego. Change now or forever hold your peace.

  8. trevor123698 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:41 PM

    Gruden over cowher? You gotta be nuts

  9. tindeaux says: Nov 29, 2012 5:58 PM

    what do you expect? average team, average coach, horrible gm, you put an average team on the field and expect sold out?

  10. mrgroovesd says: Nov 29, 2012 6:00 PM

    Why do people assume that if the Chargers move to LA then the people in San Diego will be able to watch the games? It’s a Black Out a 100 mile radius around the game, meaning SD will also be blacked out of the game.

    Does anyone remember when the Rams and Raiders would play in LA? They had many blacked out games also. So Bolts moving up there won’t be an update.

  11. samoanjungle says: Nov 29, 2012 7:00 PM

    mrgroovesd says:
    Nov 29, 2012 6:00 PM
    Why do people assume that if the Chargers move to LA then the people in San Diego will be able to watch the games? It’s a Black Out a 100 mile radius around the game, meaning SD will also be blacked out of the game.
    ————————————————-

    First, the blackout area is 75 miles from the stadium and second, SD is over 100 miles from LA

  12. freemantowilliams says: Nov 29, 2012 9:31 PM

    Man this sucks. When a bucs games gets blacked out you stupid clowns bash Tampa fans. Stuffs hard down here man with not as many people as major markets. My sister got a masters and ba from fsu and can’t find a decent job. I got a high school degree and make more money than her. My pops has over 25 years in computers and software programming and had to move to tennessee for a job. TENNESSEE!!!!

  13. pemory says: Nov 29, 2012 10:35 PM

    Once again, only ownership does not get it: fans won’t pay big bucks for a lousy product, especially when ownership essentially pretends that the fans don’t exist. When was the last time SD ever reached-out to the fan base or acted like it even wants to succeed? As long as this same treatment continues, seats will stay empty and the embarrassing lack of fan support will continue.

  14. joetoronto says: Nov 30, 2012 5:14 AM

    eventhorizon04:

    Exactly. All hating aside, this team is gone, long gone.

  15. iamjimmyjack says: Dec 2, 2012 1:42 PM

    They are packing up shop and traveling north on the 5 freeway. Its too late now. Spanos is selling the team to AEG. If you dont believe that, your crazy.

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