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Chargers need to sell 2,500 more tickets to lift blackout

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San Diego has a shot at the playoffs if the Chargers beat the Chiefs on Sunday, but there’s a chance that game won’t be shown on local television.

The Chargers announced on Tuesday that they need to sell 2,500 tickets to lift the local TV blackout.

That’s close enough that it seems highly likely that the remaining tickets will be sold, and the team also has the option of buying back the remaining unsold tickets at 34 percent of face value to lift the blackout. So the game will probably be on TV in Southern California.

But that’s not a sure thing, even for a game that could end with the Chargers in the playoffs.

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  1. jersey73 says: Dec 25, 2013 6:44 AM

    San Diego won’t upgrade the stadium/new stadium. They have trouble selling out. Wouldn’t it seem logical that if the NFL wants a team in Los Angeles, just move the darn Chargers a couple of hours North???

    Makes the most sense with the least disruption.

  2. gsomatt says: Dec 25, 2013 7:38 AM


    I don’t know… if the So Cal fans don’t turn out for a playoff caliber team (and the game against a rival to get them in) that’s just an hour or so south of L.A., what would putting a team in L.A. provide?

    I just don’t see it as a viable NFL market. That’s a sports town where most of the fans go to smaller pro venues so they can be “seen” and not necessarily pull for the team.

    Baseball being the exception but the Dodgers have been in place forever. A new or moved NFL team would flop. Put one in Oregon or Oklahoma.

  3. clemenza58 says: Dec 25, 2013 7:43 AM

    Just move to Los Angeles already! It’s obvious San Diego doesn’t care about football.

  4. joetoronto says: Dec 25, 2013 8:15 AM

    The point is that the NFL is hell bent on L.A. getting a team, so you might as well put the Chargers there.

    There’s nothing to lose, they have no fan base anyway, just move baby.

  5. therealsmiley says: Dec 25, 2013 8:21 AM

    Wow….loyal fans in S.D.

  6. theravenlives2 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:22 AM

    It’s simple math, man. The L.A. market has 8 million people to sell out a 70,000 seat stadium. The San Diego market has 1 million. That would increase the chances of selling out eight-fold. The Bengals won the AFC North, and they STILL need extensions to sellout Paul Brown Stadium. Shame on the fans of San Diego and Cincy.

  7. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 25, 2013 8:31 AM

    Will Spanos sell the Chargers to AEG? Might happen even though they deny it every time it’s brought up.

    Both stadium projects in Los Angeles are privately funded. The understood caveat here is that the stadium builders MUST have ownership of whatever team moves there. This is not a state or city funded project where the city and team become partners, so to speak.

    There is no economic model that makes any sense whatever unless the private builders of the stadium also own the team. You cannot build a nearly 2 Billion dollar stadium and make a profit by renting it out. These builders are not football and soccer philanthropists.

    So until you find a team willing to sell, you will not see NFL football in Los Angeles.

  8. ajgreenhof says: Dec 25, 2013 8:36 AM

    If I lived in California I’d be a huge Chargers fan.

  9. jersey73 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:37 AM


    I agree that it is highly debatable that LA will support a team. But the NFL is so hell-bent on putting a team there that the Chargers make the most sense.

  10. gmsalpha says: Dec 25, 2013 9:16 AM

    Bad ownership and an old, crappy stadium. They won’t be in San Diego under these conditions very much longer, but I’m not so sure they won’t be beaten to L.A by two other teams.

  11. primemundo says: Dec 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    just move already. What a joke!

  12. bengalguy says: Dec 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    Shame on Cincinnati fans????? How ’bout Shame on the Ratbirds front office for handcuffing that franchise for years to come because Jumpball Joe needed $$$.

    Stupid Front Office….. So much for Ozzie Newsome. & his “genius” tag….. More like. “Loser!” Welcome to the basement with the obnoxious Squealer fans Ratbirds !!!
    Cincinnati runs this division for the next 3-5 baby!!!! Get used to it. The spot usually reserved for the Clowns is now yours! Embrace the Suck Ratbirds!!!
    Dalton 16 ints….Flacco 16 TDs……WHO’s the best QB in the AFC NORTH??
    WHO’s the best team in the AFC NORTH????
    I’ll tell ya….WHO DEY!!!!

  13. braven4evr says: Dec 25, 2013 9:53 AM

    whether they move or not won’t make any difference if the FCC has their way and gets blackouts lifted.

  14. upperdecker19 says: Dec 25, 2013 9:53 AM


  15. aldante66 says: Dec 25, 2013 10:00 AM

    All the bars on San Dieago are hot spots for drinking and partying, no one wants to miss that by actually going to the game. Besides, they all drive beemers and can’t afford the tickets.

  16. xinellum says: Dec 25, 2013 10:12 AM

    If SD is playing for a playoff shot and they can’t sell out their stadium, it is time to move the team to LA. The NFL is too popular to put up with large markets that refuse to produce. As a Ravens fan, who in a small market that sells out every game, played in the last 5 playoffs, and gets flexed out for prime time games, I hope their fans don’t get to celebrate a playoff berth. But in all seriousness, this is pathetic for a multi-billion dollar industry in a market of over one and a quarter million people. We have less than half of that here in Baltimore and you can’t find a better fan base, well, Adrian Peterson’s opinion excluded (he he).

  17. thebraso says: Dec 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    LA to San Diego is more then an hour. 120 miles plus Insane traffic = no thank you!

  18. tahnoonzee says: Dec 25, 2013 10:22 AM

    I don’t even bother to read what ‘joetoronta’ has to post half the time, but I know it’s an automatic thumbs down for sure.

  19. gloryfromheaven says: Dec 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    Well with all the big HDTV’s out there, for a pretty good price these days, I can see why people would rather sit comfortably at home with their favorite foods and drinks. I’ve been to some NFL games before, the experience is nice but really I can see the action a lot better on my 60″ HDTV and not having to worry about being to cold or to hot…

  20. theravenlives2 says: Dec 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    Shame on Cincinnati fans????? How ’bout Shame on the Ratbirds front office for handcuffing that franchise for years to come because Jumpball Joe needed $$$.

    Stupid Front Office….. So much for Ozzie Newsome. & his “genius” tag….. More like. “Loser!” Welcome to the basement with the obnoxious Squealer fans Ratbirds !!!
    Cincinnati runs this division for the next 3-5 baby!!!! Get used to it. The spot usually reserved for the Clowns is now yours! Embrace the Suck Ratbirds!!!
    Dalton 16 ints….Flacco 16 TDs……WHO’s the best QB in the AFC NORTH??
    WHO’s the best team in the AFC NORTH????
    I’ll tell ya….WHO DEY!!!!
    Say what you want, but the “Ratbirds” as you call them have 18 consecutive YEARS of sellouts. They also have two Superbowl titles. How about you guys?

    P.S. Anyone who has Mike Brown as an owner shouldn’t talk about handcuffing a franchise. That’s like an anchor, dude.

  21. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 25, 2013 10:53 AM


  22. all32 says: Dec 25, 2013 11:05 AM

    Here’s way, So Cal has more to do daily then all other U.S. cities combined. I’ll be skiing Sunday morning then watching the game on my iPad at the beach in 75 degree weather Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, dinner in Beverly Hills. Sunday night, drinks in Malibu or Newport Beach not sure yet…

  23. sdboltfan says: Dec 25, 2013 11:12 AM

    Merry Christmas everyone… a few points to ponder before all of you start throwing comments about our beloved Chargers..

    (a) Being a multi-purpose stadium, there a quite a few seats (in the thousands) that offer limited/obstructed view – these are the tickets that typically are not sold out.

    (b) When the NFL allowed teams to relax the amount of seats sold out to prevent a blackout, quite a few teams – e.g. Dolphins, Raiders etc. opted in (you can see a bunch of sections tarped out) so that the game can be televised. The Chargers did not decide to opt in and being one of the larger stadiums in the league, point (a) above and the lack of a quality product (thanks to Norv and AJ) – makes a sellout more challenging.

    (c) The Chargers tickets are more towards the higher end compared to other similar teams. The front office has finally woken up and is looking at reducing ticket prices for next season.

    (d) LA doesn’t want the Chargers – they are still a Raider and Ram stronghold. The Chargers and the NFL tested the waters by moving our training camp to LA for a few seasons and there were hardly 10-15 people who used to show up there compared to the thousands out here in SD.

    The city of San Diego will ensure that we keep our Chargers in town. However, it will need a couple of winning seasons, deep playoff runs, financial commitment from the Spanos family and other major corporations in the SD area (Qualcomm, Intuit etc.) to ensure that we can get a world-class stadium in America’s Finest City without much impact on taxpayer dollars.

  24. robgilman says: Dec 25, 2013 11:22 AM

    It’s understandable, Shamu is doing a special performance at SeaWorld that day.

    Wouldn’t want to miss that.

  25. melikefootball says: Dec 25, 2013 11:28 AM

    The NFL deserves all they get. They allow teams to play lesser than starters since the game means nothing to KC, but want to black out the game.

  26. rohlo says: Dec 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    LMAO@ the idiots on here saying chargers fans are horrible .give me a break!! The game has sold 68,000+tickets already..that’s above or over the nfl average..all the people spouting off at the mouth need to shut their traps.the chargers organization did t take advantage of the 85% rule like 28 other teams dis a d no their aren’t any tarps on the chargers stadium..the san Diego fans have averaged 68,000+ people per game do some research.the spanks family isn’t selling the team thus they will not move to L.A. as the stadium efforts up there require the new stadium owners to own the team .. as a chargers fan the city officials need to get their head out of their readers Nd get the new stadium built..Qualcomm is a dump n nobody wants to go to games there will eventually get done like Petco ark took forever for the Padres to get built..the chargers largest fanbase is in san diego and los angeles doesnt wa t the chargers..the rams n raiders will be back playing there in the next 3-5 years watch!!!

  27. cjnunes426 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    Yeah… according to the schmos on here, it makes me a better charger fan to pay 70 bucks for a single nosebleed with obstructed view to sit at by myself to watch the game…. Charger fans are so pathetic for not choosing that option.

  28. sdnative1904 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:04 PM

    Listen you tourist. It 2,500 tickets. It’ll sellout. We have a lot to do in San Diego. Unlike the lame town you live in.

    If a game doesn’t sell out. Don’t care. Season ticket holder. Locals only.

    PS. LA Has no stadium deal. Quit being ignorant. Live in reality.

  29. sdbolts says: Dec 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    For all who say an NFL team in LA would be easy peasy, remember the Rams (who actually moved south of Los Angeles before moving to St. Louis) and the Raiders? An NFL team in LA is not guaranteed success.

    Our problems in San Diego are a dump of a stadium, scared-of-their-own-shadow politicians, and an owner who doesn’t know what he’s doing (typical of teams who are taken over by children of those who started or actually bought the team).

    I’ll be at the game this week. Maybe I’ll hold up a PFT sign! Merry Christmas to all.

  30. dougydougdoug says: Dec 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    joetoronto says: Dec 25, 2013 8:15 AM

    The point is that the NFL is hell bent on L.A. getting a team, so you might as well put the Chargers there.

    There’s nothing to lose, they have no fan base anyway, just move baby.

    – – –

    It should come as no surprise that you don’t know much of what you ramble on about.

    The NFL is in absolutely no hurry to install a franchise in Los Angeles. That number two market has, is, and will remain a powerful leverage point, when negotiating new stadium deals in other cities. Further, because all the owners split TV revenue, as well as general admission seat costs, the specific value of a top market to a single owner isn’t actually all that great. It simply isn’t the same business model as MLB nor NBA.

    Finally, “your” beloved Raiders are a pathetic shadow of what they once were, generations ago. Al Davis completely screwed his “loyal” fan base in a cash grab, moving the team from the filthy pit that is Oakland, down to Los Angeles. The team failed to make any money, nor attract a viable fan base down here, and had to slink back home to dirty old Oakland. And guess what? Yet again, they stand at nearly the very bottom (I think 31st) in revenue and attendance. So, despite the attendance figures in San Diego, Oakland fares substantially worse every game. They put tarps over more than a quarter of the general admission seats, and also buy up the remaining tickets for every Raiders’ home game, just to avoid blackouts. Again, that is what leads to the Raiders being the least valuable team in the league right now. Quite embarrassing.

  31. xgarcia22 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    “So many things to do in San Diego”
    “Ticket prices are too high”
    “Stadium is old”
    “There needs to be a quality product on the field for me to go”

    Spoken like true fair weather fans…

  32. 8oneanddones says: Dec 25, 2013 12:30 PM

    I hope Santa is out surfing at Swamis today!

  33. bayparkfan says: Dec 25, 2013 12:47 PM

    How many of you know that the NFL allows owners to set the percentage to avoid a blackout? And how many of you know that there are only 4 teams that set that percentage to 100%, San Diego being one of those! Others choose to set it at 85% … San Diego has a great fan base, we just have greedy owners!

  34. rocoop says: Dec 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    The jealously of San Diego….I love it!!

    Merry Christmas

  35. asl3676 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    The Chargers don’t sell out because there are 10,000 overpriced seats in a crappy old stadium. Why would people spend good money to sit in seats in which you could barely see the game?
    Additionally, for those of you who believe that a stadium will be built in LA anytime soon I would suggest they not hold their breath….

  36. dasmol says: Dec 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    2,500? It’s as good as sold out.

    Good to see Toronto got their internet service back online. Appears that lightning took it out for a few days

  37. JSpicoli says: Dec 25, 2013 1:37 PM

    It’s not the stadium it’s not the owner, it’s the fans in San Diego. There’s nothing wrong with it, but they would rather be surfing or riding dirt bikes.

  38. icanspeel says: Dec 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    It’s 2,500 tickets people, not 25,000. By the time the game rolls around it probably will be sold out.. it’s just per the stupid blackout policy they want the sellout 72 hours prior to the game.

  39. proudliberal85392 says: Dec 25, 2013 5:42 PM

    I grew up in SoCal, went to SD State, lived in the SD area, and have gone to many Charger games at the Murph. Would the know-it-alls who have no connection to or real knowledge of the area, please keep their opinions to themselves? Football has worked there for many years, yahoos.

  40. mackcarrington says: Dec 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    It’s really getting tired seeing all these comments all the time about “no support” of an NFL team in LA. It’s only coming from people who don’t have the slightest clue. Teams didn’t leave LA because of lack of fan support. They left because they couldn’t get new stadiums! The Rams were tired of being the second tenant in a baseball stadium, and the Raiders were bamboozled by the Coliseum Commission into thinking they were going to renovate that place. Plus the NFL told them that it was no longer up to NFL standards. As one other poster accurately pointed out, there wont be a shovel in the ground on a new stadium until the private builders get a commitment (piece of the action) from an existing NFL team. These are not my opinions. These are un-refuteable FACTS.

  41. erikcc98 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:25 PM

    San Diego jealousy! Best line of the thread. I love it.

    Sorry, I already have season tix, but I’d rather not spend $90 on a upper view seat when I know some stupid Chief fan will buy it. It’ll sellout.

    The chargers should have lowered the percentage to 85%, just like almost every other team did. I was in Miami for the charger -dolphin game and have seen more people in my bathroom, yet that was a “sellout”.

    Enough conjecture from people who have never spent more than a weekend here. Fools. Did someone day we only had 1 million people here in our market? Is that how naive you people are?

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