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Chargers announce lifting of blackout for preseason opener

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It isn’t officially football season until the Chargers start sending out press releases regarding whether their home games will be blacked out on local TV.

It’s officially football season.

The Chargers have announced that enough tickets have been sold to allow Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Cowboys to be televised locally.

With an unlikely playoff berth in 2013, the Chargers shouldn’t have many issues when it comes to selling tickets.  With visits from the Seahawks, Patriots, Rams, and Jet on the docket for the regular season, the chances of avoiding many/any blackouts throughout the season increase.

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34 Responses to “Chargers announce lifting of blackout for preseason opener”
  1. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 4, 2014 8:10 PM

    The chargers will be the worst team in the Afc West this year

    Can barely even sell out pathetic

    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr

  2. pats1944 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:12 PM

    I still don’t get why the blackout rules still exist. Owners make their money off of the TV contracts. It’s not the 60s anymore when they needed to sell out games to make a profit

  3. pantherpro says: Aug 4, 2014 8:12 PM

    Only Raider have blackouts! Oh wait they tarped the third desk and capacity only 50,000. Lame!

  4. junior22x21 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:16 PM

    raiders will be the worst like always😂

  5. socaldave2011 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    At least the weather is nice ☺

  6. simpjeff7758 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:24 PM

    When the Chargers get into the tournament there’s a good chance they go deep. I think the defense is vastly improved.

  7. carlsbadboltfan says: Aug 4, 2014 8:26 PM

    Heretopissuoff says: Aug 4, 2014 8:10 PM

    The chargers will be the worst team in the Afc West this year

    Can barely even sell out pathetic

    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr
    —————————————————————–

    This from a Raider fan? Where his team has to use Joetoronto’s tarps and only sell 85% of the seats AND still struggle to do that?

    Choo! Choo! The Raiders train should be arriving in San Antonio soon.

  8. vaughnjoe says: Aug 4, 2014 8:26 PM

    As a raider fan Im sure it had to sting to watch the Broncos, Chargers and the Chiefs make it to the playoffs. San Diego is quickly rebuilding their defense and will continue under the eye of GM Tom Telesco.

  9. 34defense2014 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:27 PM

    How does ticket sales have anything to do with blacking out games? I’ve never heard of that? These teams make most of there money fromTV revenues?

  10. largent80100 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:32 PM

    Blackout rules are ridiculous.

    By the way, I believe Chargers blackouts are because of their stadium, Qualcomm is terrible, only the Raiders have a worse stadium, because the team itself has been good or at least average at worst.

  11. rajbais says: Aug 4, 2014 8:32 PM

    Even though the phrase “enough tickets have been sold” means that the local FOX affiliate bought them.

    Spanos, what makes you wanna not leave for L.A.???

    Spanos = bad businessman. Vincent Jackson doesn’t have to confirm that.

  12. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 4, 2014 8:36 PM

    3>0 guess what the zero means charger fans

  13. dalcow4 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    12-4

  14. sdboltaction says: Aug 4, 2014 8:52 PM

    Heretopissuoff says:
    Aug 4, 2014 8:36 PM

    3>0 guess what the zero means charger fans

    ===================================

    The amount of days that go by with us having to hear about 40 year old super bowl wins by the Raiders?

  15. briscocountyjr says: Aug 4, 2014 9:12 PM

    Fans will learn their lesson with enough blackouts. Kudos to the league for not letting them get off scott-free. Keep it up!!!

  16. chunkderrrty says: Aug 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    Jets will more than likely be blacked out if the bolts aren’t dominating

  17. rawdog2013 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:51 PM

    Just another example of how pathetic the Choker fan base is. The only games that sellout at Qualdump are when the Raiders are in town.

  18. mz1394 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:11 PM

    Zero= the number of teams that had worse home attendance than the raiders. *and it’s not even close

  19. chargerdillon says: Aug 4, 2014 10:31 PM

    Well I’m a San Diego native who previously had season tickets….. here’s the list why this happens

    70+$ a ticket + 25$ parking
    40 year old stadium
    uncomfortable seating, outdated fascilities
    hour wait to get out of the stadium if you watch the game to completion
    fleeced at the door unable to bring almost nothing into the stadium

    To live in San Diego comfortably can cost money. When the San Diego stadium environment provides so little compared to the comfort of home is exactly why most San Diegans just stay home.

    Dean Spanos is a slumlord. I hope you read this Dean, San Diego owes you nothing. If you want to hold this city hostage, GO TO L.A.

  20. silverandblack052099 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:25 PM

    How many Super bowls have the Chargers won? I can never seem to remember.

  21. bigearl61 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:26 PM

    This is as important as saying: “you paid a hooker for sex..” its not going to matter unless you get “BURNED” in the end…

  22. sindiegosage says: Aug 4, 2014 11:47 PM

    It isn’t officially football season until Florio starts writing articles regarding whether teams’ home games will be blacked out on local TV all for the sole purpose of selling LA as an NFL destination.

    It’s officially football season.

  23. natelan says: Aug 5, 2014 12:29 AM

    Heretopissuoff says:
    Aug 4, 2014 8:10 PM
    The chargers will be the worst team in the Afc West this year

    Can barely even sell out pathetic

    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr
    ———————————
    Well, I guess we could tarp off 30k seats and have the lowest attendance for an entire decade straight like the Raiders.

    Rolando McClain version 1.0 > Rolando McClain version 2.0

  24. bubbybrisket says: Aug 5, 2014 1:14 AM

    JAX was blacked out until they tarpped up their stadium….hmmmmmmmmmm……..

  25. curtisdavid87 says: Aug 5, 2014 6:46 AM

    When you black out a game locally. More ppl go to the game read a book.

    This is our year baby! Chargers to the Super Bowl!

  26. therealtruth210 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:17 AM

    didn’t realize super bowl rings had an expiration date. because they don’t and Raiders still have the most in the division. so until someones passes them they are still the best franchise in the division. it’s that simple

  27. ndgarretjax says: Aug 5, 2014 7:38 AM

    or at least a high percentage i think. my bad.

  28. Bill Belitext says: Aug 5, 2014 8:40 AM

    Perhaps the solution is that the fan base begins to support their team and buy tickets…

  29. dasmol says: Aug 5, 2014 11:08 AM

    Here we go again. It’s pre-season!! All the expense for a game that means nothing.

    I gave my ticket away.

  30. dasmol says: Aug 5, 2014 11:21 AM

    @therealtruth210 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 7:17 AM
    “didn’t realize super bowl rings had an expiration date. because they don’t and Raiders still have the most in the division. so until someones passes them they are still the best franchise in the division. it’s that simple”

    It’s a tough concept, I know, but you can figure it out. See, a Super Bowl ring means your team was the best for that single season. The raiders have had three seasons where they were the best. That was many years ago, a generation even. Yeah, the Chargers have never won a Super Bowl and have only appeared in one, but let’s be honest. The raiders have been horrible for a long time now and the fan base pathetic, attendance-wise. And now talk of another move?

    No, the raiders aren’t even close to being the best in the division, and haven’t been for a long time. It’s quite obviously the opposite.

  31. Savage Lizard says: Aug 5, 2014 1:54 PM

    “How many Super bowls have the Chargers won? I can never seem to remember.”

    “didn’t realize super bowl rings had an expiration date. because they don’t and Raiders still have the most in the division. so until someones passes them they are still the best franchise in the division. it’s that simple”

    “3>0 guess what the zero means charger fans”

    The most predictable occurrence in the NFL universe.

    For the past decade the Raiders have sucked, been a joke, set an NFL record for consecutive 11 loss seasons, lowest attendance in the NFL, haven’t had a winning season, and we always get the exact same thing from Raiders fans who have nothing else to respond with: “oh yeah, how many Super Bowls…”

    Congrats on those trophies won decades ago, and no they don’t have an expiration date. But they also have ZERO to do with the 2014 Raiders so bringing them up all the time when the grown ups are talking the CURRENT NFL just makes you look sad. Whenever I hear “oh yeah, how many Super Bowls…” that is just code for “you got me dude, my team sucks, I have nothing to come back with.”

  32. D Parada says: Aug 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    It is disheartening that the league continues to hold fans prisoners with the silly blackout rule. Out of all the professional leagues in the U.S., only the NFL has this rule. People are struggling to put a roof over their head and feed their families and going to a game is a luxury. Why this rule apply to pre-season (hence, unimportant) games?

    I do think fan indifference in S.D. is a factor in blackout problems for the Chargers. However, as a town with several military installations, not everyone is going to cheer on the Chargers. Spanos and his mouthpiece, Fabiani, will have their work cut out for them if they want a tax-payer funded stadium. Voters were burned before when the Padres claimed they needed a new park to be competitive. It was built, and now the Friars have fielding an almost AAA club ever since.

    The challenge for the Chargers is to field a good team but try to reconsider ticket prices. That, or get a PR campaign to convince fans to come to the games. Please don’t stoop so low as to use Los Angeles as leverage.

  33. bolted4life says: Aug 6, 2014 7:42 PM

    The lowest attendance I’ve seen at Qualcomm on a Black-Out Day was 59,000…. During the Norv era… against Jacksonville I think

    That’s still more than the Raiders home game that’s sold out.. Same with a lot of teams really, look it up.

    The Highest attendance I’ve see at Qualcomm during a Black-Out was 69,000… Pre-Season.. Which wouldn’t normally be a black out but it was a sell out after the Black-Out was called.

    The black-out rule is old. San Diego has plenty of fans.

  34. 2drinksin says: Aug 8, 2014 12:46 PM

    why go to these meaningless games, pay obscene prices for tickets, parking and beer and have bad seats and deal with rude security at the game?? you can stay home, drink plenty of cold beer, bourbon and water, eat burgers and wings and watch the game on a 70 inch LED TV!!!! these prices need to be cut, asap!

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