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Chargers players to San Diego fans: Every game better be sold out

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Shortly after the Chargers announced that they will remain in San Diego for at least one more year, Chargers players gave San Diego fans a message: You’d better support us.

Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and wide receiver Keenan Allen took to Twitter and wrote that if San Diego wants to prove it deserves the Chargers, the fans should buy up every ticket.

“Staying in San Diego 4 another year..Every home game better be sold out..Charger blue everywhere Fans got what they wanted Now come support,” Ingram wrote.

Added Allen, “So it’s looks like we are going to be in San Diego for another season. The stadium better be packed. The fans got what they wanted. Now let’s see sell outs every home game! And not the other teams colors!”

That did not go over well with Chargers fans, who replied to the players on Twitter to say they’ve been loyal to the team for decades. Replies included:

“We’ve been supporting for over 50 years, bro. Stupid tweet.”

“Just send out another tweet and apologize dude. That was stupid and if you don’t get why fans have been mad…different story.”

“Might be kinda cool if y’all win more than 4 games though I mean if you want fans to show up.”

“Do you know how tone deaf you sound?”

It does sound tone deaf, especially when the truth is, selling out every game won’t keep the Chargers in San Diego. The only thing that will keep the Chargers in San Diego is the community agreeing to spend more taxpayer money on a stadium. If the city won’t do that, this will be the Chargers’ last year in San Diego.

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156 Responses to “Chargers players to San Diego fans: Every game better be sold out”
  1. nonchalant25 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:36 AM

    I would bring eggs to every game and support the visiting team fully. Lol at them saying they should support them. Hah.

  2. arctantheta says: Jan 30, 2016 6:36 AM

    i hope SD tells the chargers to take a hike and enjoy the schadenfreude of spanos being at the mercy of landlord kronke

  3. campcouch says: Jan 30, 2016 6:46 AM

    Bitter much? Better vote bros and dudes. Trust me, being all tough and stuff then watching your team roll out is humbling. We got a second chance and got a new stadium built as well. Sad to say, but that’s the way pro sports are now. But hey, you do have a nice beach and Balboa Park is pretty cool so there are a few things to do besides football…like the Padres.

  4. internetcommenter7 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:49 AM

    Facts are facts. If they can’t manage to sell out in a make or break year, no whining should be heard when they leave.

  5. ketelwon says: Jan 30, 2016 7:01 AM

    What entitled punks…good riddance

  6. projectshadow316 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:07 AM

    Why would any of the fans support a team that was trying to leave?

  7. tahnoonzee says: Jan 30, 2016 7:09 AM

    Ingram better get a sack every game as well.

  8. bmack1224 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:13 AM

    Maybe if Y’all Start Winning Some Games ya Fans Can Support yo Wack A$$ Franchise.

  9. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 30, 2016 7:13 AM

    I hope know one shows up. The NFL TV contracts provides enough shared revenue ($225 M) for a team to be profitable without any local ticket sales. The salary cap ensures this (~ $100 to ~144 M). a few teams in the league can continually operate with many unsold seats without a care.

    This is the dirty secret of the NFL: local fan support is not necessary for a team to exist. kroenke knows this and put a crappy product on the field to drive fans away so he could blame lack of support to justify his move — while still making money!!

  10. sdb0ltz says: Jan 30, 2016 7:20 AM

    The national reporting on this has been absurd.

    This is the single most productive day in regards to progress and cooperation in regards to moving in the right direction on getting our new stadium in San Diego and the media reports all doom & gloom.

    Not a single article about the meeting that Dean called. He asked Mayor Faulkner and City supervisor Ron Roberts to come to his HOME and talk about moving forward in San Diego in building a new stadium that will keep the Chargers home for at least another 30 years. Take note, Fabiani was not present at this meeting and when asked what his future role is in the process his reply was simply “No comment.” Did Dean finally fire him? Didn’t even mention Spanos’ admitting he would be interested in the Mission Valley site if we moved forward with a citizens initiative there, of which the Mayor agreed to as well to not have to go to a vote and protect against litigation.

    Kevin Acee spent HOURS today (and why was he even on our airways, he doesn’t do radio) playing “patchwork” being an effective cheerleader in repairing the Spanos Vs. fans relationship. It was really good to be honest.

    I just wish PFT wouldn’t report everything from a “Pro L.A” standpoint. Cmon guys, this is a HUGE deal to us San Diego Charger fans. We’re always the underdogs… Please give us a fair shot (media wise) to save what is SO insanely important to us as fans. The San Diego Chargers are part of my DNA. We just want a fair shot.

  11. markpugner says: Jan 30, 2016 7:21 AM

    51% of us think that the other 49% should help pay for a stadium in our city that none of us really want to go to because it’s better to watch it on tv so that the wealthy owner and NFL tax exempt non profit organization can make a little more money while we get to be so proud we have a team called the chargers that play here for 8 sundays a year. Because we can’t like a team from some other city that would be crazy. We better pay up and make everyone else in SD do the same

  12. mt10425 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:23 AM

    McCoy needs to reign in the children. These sediments didn’t come from the veterans.

  13. andygraham says: Jan 30, 2016 7:23 AM

    Multiple times in the past few years the Chargers have had to use the silent count at home because there were so many fans of the opposing team in the stands. Sorry Charger fans. The players are right.

  14. contract says: Jan 30, 2016 7:27 AM

    Hillarious. Punks who get paid millions to show up on Sundays making demands of the people who pay their ridiculous salaries. San Diego should refuse to provide security at Chargers games.

  15. unkleruckus says: Jan 30, 2016 7:27 AM

    That stadium is a dump. I think my flat screen is bigger than their scoreboard.

  16. honkerdawg says: Jan 30, 2016 7:27 AM

    Maybe the Chargers should earn their salaries and win more then 5 games a season

  17. karmathaitch says: Jan 30, 2016 7:28 AM

    My wish was for the chargers to leave this year so we don’t get punish another year by lies and bad football play.

  18. basexc9 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:29 AM

    Just another idiot football player, nothing to see here

  19. nhstateline says: Jan 30, 2016 7:31 AM

    the players are likely just doing what the organization asked them to do. Blame the Charger organization for this mess not these two young men who were likely asked to tweet this at the fans and figured they should because the boss was asking.

  20. stoutfiles says: Jan 30, 2016 7:34 AM

    The Chargers have already said they’re leaving after the 2016 season. The stadium should be near empty if fans there have any self-respect.

  21. abninf says: Jan 30, 2016 7:35 AM

    Twitter strikes again. These tweeter people never learn. It’s mind boggling, really.

  22. tim2200 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:37 AM

    Would love to see the fans of San Diego throw a collective middle finger to the arrogant, money grubbing NFL by NOT showing up for every home game.
    How beautiful it would be to see a stadium full of empty seats.

  23. waldoampere says: Jan 30, 2016 7:38 AM

    Pro athletes being self-centered and thinking only about themselves. Who would’ve guessed.

  24. jimmysee says: Jan 30, 2016 7:45 AM

    Sounds like extortion to me.

  25. joetoronto says: Jan 30, 2016 7:50 AM

    It was stupid to say because it’s something Charger fans just don’t do, they don’t sellout.

    The only time there’s a sellout there is due to the support of the visiting team. Like it or not, everyone knows that.

  26. leftypointspread says: Jan 30, 2016 7:57 AM

    Wow, SD fans are getting used by the team owner to help him extort a new stadium, now the players are dumping on them. Typical rich jerks. The fans deserve better treatment from people who want their $.

  27. reprob8 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:02 AM

    that perfectly illustrates the disconnection between the fans & the League.

    The fans & the host city are taken for granted because of their general blind loyalty toward the team, despite the fact that the League/franchise/players regularly vascilate between “loyalty to the team” & “it’s a business” arguments, whenever it’s most convenient for them.

    Screw ’em!

  28. mancave001 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:05 AM

    Yeah, I imagine this didn’t go over to well in SD. As a fan of another team, I get what they are saying here, but it’s misguided in the extreme and way out of touch. The Chargers leaving in SD has nothing to do with “fan support.” It has to do with non-fan support! It’s about money for the stadium, and absolutely nothing more.

  29. motleytrap says: Jan 30, 2016 8:09 AM

    Attendance has nothing to do with this.

  30. phootballphorever says: Jan 30, 2016 8:09 AM

    Hey SD team , how about playing worth a #%&$ and maybe your games will be “sold out” ???

  31. canetic says: Jan 30, 2016 8:10 AM

    I hope nobody shows up. Send a message to the greedy NFL.

  32. 32raiderfan34 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:10 AM

    Wow! Just wow! Spanos has to put his tail between his legs and crawl back to SD for another year because he couldn’t come to terms.

    Now he wants fans to believe he’s giving them another chance. You can always tell the business men that inherited the business and the ones who started it.

    Sorry chargers fans.

  33. thesmartest1 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:11 AM

    Sometimes players should just play.

  34. jagsfanugh says: Jan 30, 2016 8:14 AM

    When the stadium is half empty maybe then the players will get it. Ignorant tweets by the players.

  35. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:18 AM

    The sad thing with all this is that being a tenant in LA will still make Spanos more money than staying in SD – unless a 1bn stadium was 2/3rds financed by the city.

    I’m sick of hearing about teams moving to LA. Been hearing it for 20 years. Glad it’s almost over… and yet… I heard San Antonio moving talk the second those owner meetings were over a couple weeks ago!

    Scumbags. I just wish everyone would tell them to go take a hike when they ask for public assistance. You run it like a business, you pay for it yourselves!

  36. cwifyou says: Jan 30, 2016 8:21 AM

    You better win all your games.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:22 AM

    The fans should stay away from these extortionists.

    No city or state should be giving a penny to the league for a stadium. Let these greedy scumbag billionaires pay for their own stadiums. They can easily afford to do so.

    Not only are there the vast profits of the league itself, now they’re making additional billions from shadow ownership of the daily fantasy gambling sites and still want to extort stadiums from the taxpayers.

    Screw the nfl and its greed

  38. concmike says: Jan 30, 2016 8:22 AM

    If the formerly Chargers faithful had any balls they would be driving around San Diego picking up every “For Sale” sign you can find and putting it in every grass and landscaped area around the stadium.

    Screw the owner and the players. You want support? Win the Lombardi trophy once in a while and stop coasting thru your season after you lose a few games.

    No fans in the seats In 2016….cost that owner and all owners money with revenue sharing……

  39. addict2sport says: Jan 30, 2016 8:24 AM

    If this keep up, not even SD will want the Chargers. Ownership has done a great job creating a team that no fan base wants. Players starting to mirror that.

  40. bender4700 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:24 AM

    I wouldn’t spend a dollar on their tickets.

  41. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:24 AM

    no one should show up.. zero attendance

  42. v2787 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:25 AM

    It’s pretty simple: pony up for a new stadium or lose the team. Here in Minnesota we faced the same situation and ended up building an amazing stadium that opens this fall. It was a joint effort between the NFL, the owners (the Wilf family), and the taxpayers. Our Vikings are now here for the long haul. I hope San Diego will follow suit=–but if the city doesn’t build a stadium, and soon, their team is gone. It’s how things work in the NFL these days. You want a team? Accommodate it or lose it.

  43. cwifyou says: Jan 30, 2016 8:28 AM

    So at least 65 people have given the thumbs up on a comment above and there are only a few comments? Heh…not buying it.

  44. mutohasaposse says: Jan 30, 2016 8:29 AM

    Why would fans show now knowing their team will be gone the following year. Stadium will be empty next year and for legitimate reasons.

  45. socalcharger says: Jan 30, 2016 8:30 AM

    It’s like telling fans to sell out your jersey right after signing your franchise tag. Sign the extension that’s been on the table for months, then fans will give your jersey some love.

  46. culturecesspool says: Jan 30, 2016 8:33 AM

    Forget that. You are going to be playing at a empty stadium, with only visiting fans.

  47. johnniemayes says: Jan 30, 2016 8:36 AM

    Broncos are looking forward to another sweet December game in San Diego. I’m booking my tickets now.

  48. head1994 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:36 AM

    I’m a Dolphins fan and seen that yesterday on Twitter and WA kinda disappointed. Seems they don’t wanna play in SD

  49. 205diamonds says: Jan 30, 2016 8:37 AM

    Empty stadium

  50. twtom11 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:40 AM

    So Chargers fans are being told by their team’s players that they need to fork out hundreds of dollars to support a team that can’t wait to move out… Wow.

  51. charlottenation says: Jan 30, 2016 8:41 AM


  52. donterrelli says: Jan 30, 2016 8:43 AM

    Yeah, if I lived in San Diego and was a fan, I would boycott. The only reason they (Spanos) wants to sell out every seat would be to make as much profit as possible in their last year to help build the new HQ near LA.

    Good Riddance (as a fan)

  53. bobc74 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:44 AM

    Lower the ticket prices so everyone can afford to go and maybe you will sell out every game.

  54. tomtravis76 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:45 AM

    The NFLPA should really make an effort in educating their members. These guys sound so dumb in thinking the Chargers moving is because of a lack of local ticket sales in a destination market. There is so much money being made by the owners & league office, if the union was more aggressive and educated the players wouldn’t just be a line item and they could be making more money during and post career.

  55. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:46 AM

    I think if you have to beg your fans to show up, it’s time to move.

  56. xcflqb7 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:47 AM

    Team needs new owners and players who have a clue. These guys deserve the Dobsld Strrling/ Clipperr treatment in LA – word: Clippers moved to LA from San Diego and spent over 25 years as utterly irrelevant- as would Chargers in LA

  57. canadianbillsfan says: Jan 30, 2016 8:50 AM

    Remember those last few home games in Cleveland after it was announced that the team would move? How the attendance sucked and all the local sponsors pulled their support?

    Get ready for a whole year of that.

  58. tccoats says: Jan 30, 2016 8:50 AM

    Tone deaf athletes….move along, nothing to see here….

  59. mysterytonite says: Jan 30, 2016 8:51 AM

    Bump on the tweet about winning more than 4 games. Who really cares if you are gonna be there fur another season? I wouldn’t show up if I knew u were leaving.ike u guys are doing the fan base some favor. Get over yourselves.

  60. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 30, 2016 8:53 AM

    stupid comments by the players.. and I love the fan reply that they should win more than 4 games LOL

  61. curtw20151220 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:56 AM

    Don’t give fans ultimatums!

  62. fjbuon says: Jan 30, 2016 8:57 AM

    Would help if you didn’t suck.

  63. ketch20too says: Jan 30, 2016 9:03 AM

    Unbelievably stupid tweets by the players. But, they weren’t signed to play based on their toweing intelligence. Hope season ticket holders(if any exist) go out of their way to sell their tickets to opposing teams’ fans and any Charger fans either sit perfectly quietly or boo the team after every play.

  64. tdubdizzle says: Jan 30, 2016 9:07 AM

    Are they serious…?

    What a joke.

  65. charger383 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:08 AM

    should be plenty of cheap tickets for fans of visiting teams

  66. bigbensbathroomseed says: Jan 30, 2016 9:10 AM

    Ridiculous, Spanos wants a free stadium. Take your lousy team to LA and spend 600 million where they couldn’t support two teams twice already!

  67. newguy925 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:11 AM

    They don’t like a road atmosphere at home. It’s understandable they get upset when Steeler or Packer or Bronco or Raider fans take over the stadium. If Charger fans want to keep their team demonstrating support for them isn’t an unreasonable ask.

    From an owner standpoint he’d probably like to be in a market where all the tickets are purchased. Selling out home games wouldn’t hurt their chances of keeping the team.

    I’m a Lions fan, that stadium sells out regardless of product. Rams and Chargers fans need to look in the mirror on this one, these teams wouldn’t move if the money was right to stay.

  68. igotbaggage says: Jan 30, 2016 9:11 AM

    NFL has the status of a non-profit organization, it’s a $10 billion + a year industry & is tax exempt. Build your own damn arenas, the people are tired of the yearly threats of “build it or we will move” at the taxpayers expense is, sickening

  69. tdubdizzle says: Jan 30, 2016 9:12 AM

    “The fans got what they wanted.”

    Chargers fans have never got what they wanted.A Superbowl ring.

  70. railcarcowboy says: Jan 30, 2016 9:13 AM

    No wins; no support. It’s entertainment. You don’t pay for bad meals, you don’t pay for bad movies and you’re sure as hell not going to pay $100+ to see your team get the crap beat out of them.

  71. jason9696 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:15 AM

    “We’ve been supporting for over 50 years, bro. Stupid tweet.”

  72. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:18 AM

    Looking forward to going to Qualcomm stadium to see the Raiders play the Chargers again. That game against San Diego is like an extra home game for the Raiders.

  73. MichaelEdits says: Jan 30, 2016 9:18 AM

    The Chargers need to leave so the Raiders can move into San Diego.

  74. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:19 AM

    What ignorant tweets by the players…how about putting a product on the field that will have people clamoring for tickets? Not many people are gonna pay the asking prices for tickets to watch an underachieving team.

    The same applies to getting a new stadium. This is not a build it, they will come world..once the new wears off, if the product on the field is not good, people will not be in the stands. The sports leagues seem to think money trees are everywhere, just waiting to be

  75. headwoundharry says: Jan 30, 2016 9:19 AM

    LOL. Chaga fans most disinterested in all of sports. “Hey man, it’s 4:20. Dude, is the surf up.”

  76. buckeyeguy5 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:25 AM

    I’m sure Chargers fans would request you win more games

  77. tonyinsd says: Jan 30, 2016 9:26 AM

    The fans are not the problem. When the product on the field sucks it’s hard for a working man to spend $500 to bring a family of 4 to the game. If anyone or any of the players doubts how much passion we as fans have have they should ask Rivers how loud was the stadium the first time Eli Manning came to play. Or ask Rivers or call LT and ask how the stadium was rocking when LT broke the TD record against Broncos yes the Broncos everyone was taking about how many bronco fans have been at the games. NOT WHEN WE HAVE A GOOD TEAM!!!Or when they would come back from an away game and over 10,000 people showed up to greet them at the training facility. I don’t want to hear about how the San Diego fans are Fair weather fans. If you put a winning product on the field we will come. It’s hard not to sell out tickets to visiting fans who are willing to pay way over face value so they can come and enjoy our weather and watch the game. The only time we sell off the tickets is when the team sucks on the field. I’ve been to a game in Green Bay. Great time great fans but the fact of he matter is that there is not much else to do outside of going to the game. You can’t compare.

  78. vetdana says: Jan 30, 2016 9:28 AM

    I agree with all those who tell the NFL to take a hike when it comes to having taxpayers fund new stadiums.State and local Governments are swimming in red ink now and can not afford to subsidize billionaires who show no end to their greed.I love to see an empty stadium and see how the media tries to explain it.This is entertainment and many of us can take it or leave it….period !….especially in San Diego where the ave. temp is 72 degrees all year long !

  79. stealthscorpio says: Jan 30, 2016 9:28 AM

    Keep up the great work San Diego!

  80. pemory says: Jan 30, 2016 9:36 AM

    Not gonna be easy to sell out games–have you seen their home schedule for next season? The usual divisional opponents + Jacksonville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and Miami. Yeeouch! Good luck with that.

  81. raiderrob21 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:38 AM

    I’ll tell you one game that will definately be sold out, when they play the Raiders. And it will be filled with Raider fans.

    You should have listed home game opponents in the article. It will be easy to see which ones will be sold out due to the visiting team.

  82. talkingfan says: Jan 30, 2016 9:47 AM

    How bout you put a winner on the field, these sport teams won’t 100% support but don’t wanna do their part and put a worth watching product on the field

  83. stew48 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:56 AM

    BTW, PFT has long listed “News & Rumors” as a description. My suggestion is “Gossip and Rumors”.

  84. itswhereyourmindsat says: Jan 30, 2016 9:57 AM

    Dumb idiots

  85. packerssuckcheese says: Jan 30, 2016 10:00 AM

    The players should forget about reminding the fans to do their job! Without the fans they would my be paid well! Also, they should take it upon themselves and put in a winning season!

  86. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Jan 30, 2016 10:03 AM

    As a Lions fan I have no stake in this whatsoever but as someone pointed out above Ford Field is sold out for every single home game and aside from a couple recent seasons we’ve been absolutely terrible for most of my life. I think these players come across as idiots but there is a lot to be said for fan loyalty and that’s very obviously lacking in San Diego. I always hate to see franchises relocate because I know that it sucks for their fans but can you really blame the guy for wanting to leave a market that doesn’t support his team?

  87. iowahbr says: Jan 30, 2016 10:03 AM

    Charger fans to Charger players: Please leave now and don’t let the door bump you in the ass as you go. Clear case (as one of many) of the NFL getting a big head.

  88. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 30, 2016 10:04 AM

    Qualcomm Stadium is half filled with the opposing team’s fans every Sunday. It’s been that way for 30 years. Of course, when the Chargers move to the stadium in Inglewood the ratio will only get worse in favor of the visitor.

    This has been a ridiculous fact absent from these discussions. It makes me wonder if any NFL officials have actually attended a game in San Diego in the last 3 decades. I’m not exaggerating. Everyone who has ever attended any Chargers game knows this.

  89. mrlaloosh says: Jan 30, 2016 10:08 AM

    Apparently these Charger players didn’t go to college on academic scholarships.
    Can’t fix stupid…..

  90. pdiddydog says: Jan 30, 2016 10:10 AM

    Charger fans have sucked for decades! No
    Surprise they are hurt over this!

  91. shwanker81 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:10 AM

    1. These players need to get a grip on reality. How can you call out the fans with a straight face when you are coming off a 4 win season? Everyone KNOWS they are leaving. Now after the best choice is to wait 1 more season (presumably because kreonke has Spanos by the balls and he needs more time to negotiate) they are trying to stir up butts in the seats by leaking “productive negotiations”. It’s almost sad really. Spanos will still make millions without a sellout due to revenue sharing so it’s a total money grab.
    2. I really don’t understand why Charger fans are so hysterical about them leaving. They aren’t moving to London or Toronto. They are moving less than 2 hours away. Are you really ready to bankrupt your city at the expense of a billionaires arrogant requests of a new fancy stadium? You guys can’t be fans of a team that is honestly still within driving range? Look at teams like Buffalo where 35% of their season ticket holders are Canadien. They literally have to cross the US border and deal with customs every game. Not to mention the other 20% that drive from Rochester and Syracuse. If you are all so passionate a 2 hour drive would be nothing for you AND LA can fit the bill so your city won’t see a tax hike.

  92. metalhead65 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:15 AM

    why would any smart person do that? you want the fans who have proven loyal over the years to spend their hard earned money to support a team and owner who have already said they are leaving town? it would serve them right if nobody showed up!

  93. sammievee says: Jan 30, 2016 10:18 AM

    One year’s customer support numbers will have absolutely no impact as related to the adults’ decisions as to the long time future of an enormously valuable business. If there was a sincere effort to keep the team in SD then there would be an effort to drum up support for multiple years that included seat licenses.

    The home market now becomes the ‘plan b’ pawn to negotiate the details of ‘plan a’ which relates to leaving for LA.

  94. weepingjebus says: Jan 30, 2016 10:19 AM

    This is the standard playbook for NFL teams that want to move. Spread rumors they will, then blame fans for getting upset and not coming to the games. If these players truly card about staying, they would win a SB Major League style to make it impossible for the team to flee. But we’ve all seen how that’s been going.

  95. therealraider says: Jan 30, 2016 10:20 AM

    Every year playing the Chargers in S.D is like another home game for the Raiders, It will be that way when they move to L.A also.

  96. rootpain says: Jan 30, 2016 10:20 AM

    Reality is that there are only a pationate few that actually support a team. The rest will spend a little bit of money colors but that has now become a zero sum game. If I bring the family to a game then I can’t afford cable for for whole year. Sorry kids, you stay home. But we will still have fun. I’ll wave to you on the jumbotron.
    Nothing new there. History is a poor teacher because the students never change. Sad there won’t be anything to pass down to the grandkids as there used to be.

  97. jbravo2312 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:20 AM

    WoW, u bolt fans are sensitive

  98. ravensrooster94 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:32 AM

    Without a lead-pipe cinch agreement in place before say, July 2016, for the Spanos family to stay in San Diego long term, Charger fans would be nuts to support this team in 2016.

  99. surfing1998 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:34 AM

    Not smart for city/state govt’s to subsidize football stadiums. SD citizens should give the Chargers a giant middle finger.

    A smart owner, doesn’t need taxpayer money: Robert Kraft took no public money and still created Gillette and Patriot Place (an outdoor mall, finance & medical offices.)

  100. chicagofan4ever says: Jan 30, 2016 10:38 AM

    Does the Owners of Qualcomm have to let the Chargers play their. I would leave them homeless knowing they will leave in a year possibly. If you are leaving, leave now!

  101. selldannysell says: Jan 30, 2016 10:39 AM

    He should have just given all of San Diego the middle finger. It would have been the same effect. Talk about being out of touch with your fan base. This is the type of thing that has driven people away from the NFL.

  102. fstpstr says: Jan 30, 2016 10:53 AM

    Yeah, Chargers fans… You need to support your team better, because once a team leaves a particular city, they won’t ever get a shot at another franchise. It’s over.


    Your friends in L.A., Cleveland, St. Louis and Baltimore

  103. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:54 AM

    Even the great Dan Fouts is ashamed of all this Charger silliness.

  104. keithdylan says: Jan 30, 2016 11:02 AM

    They “got what they wanted” by default. If I was a Charger fan I would not give one dime to an owner that is stuck with me, not one that wants me.

  105. itswhereyourmindsat says: Jan 30, 2016 11:03 AM

    The stadium will be sold out… by fans of the opposing team

  106. chronsy says: Jan 30, 2016 11:05 AM

    Here is a lesson learned from being a browns fan.. Only sell out the home last game of the season and tear that motherfrackin stadium to the ground. Rip out your seats, tear down the banners and leave them.. That’s what we did!

  107. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jan 30, 2016 11:07 AM

    I like Chargers in San Diego.. SD is a great place to go on vacation, Just have Steelers player Chargers twice a year in SD… It will sell out!

  108. PhD says: Jan 30, 2016 11:11 AM

    Spanos and the Chargers are like the butt ugly girlfriend threatening to walk out on you and demanding that you still love her (even though she’s leaving anyway). Yea, right, let’s choose that!

  109. fordmandalay says: Jan 30, 2016 11:12 AM

    I’m sick of hearing about teams moving to LA. Been hearing it for 20 years. Glad it’s almost over… and yet… I heard San Antonio moving talk the second those owner meetings were over a couple weeks ago!
    Yup, now that L.A. is taken, San Antonio is going to be the new threat that owners will use to extort their cities with for the next 20 years.

  110. konichiwabtches says: Jan 30, 2016 11:13 AM

    How can we sell out games when 25% of our season tickets are bought up by ticket brokers in LA to be sold to to visiting teams fans?
    And how can we sell out games when our team is marketing directly to opposing to come to San Diego to se an away game(remember the steelers game last year?)

    California in the winter is a destination. These teams fans come out for the week, go to sea world, the world famous zoo, the beaches and the gaslamp. They are the ones spending $15 for a drink and $5 for a freaking churro at the stadium.
    The NFL, the Chargers, and the city of San Diego could care less about out of town teams fans coming to games….the only ones that complain are the players, and they are too ignorant to realize that’s where all the $ that pays for their huge contracts come from.

    It’s going to be the same thing in LA ya dummies. It’s not ever going to change.

  111. bondlake says: Jan 30, 2016 11:13 AM

    I will not knowingly give Spanos ONE NICKEL. However, if the stadium issue ever comes to a vote here in SD, I will give Spanos one thing: My NO vote!

  112. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:17 AM

    12brichandfamous says:
    Jan 30, 2016 7:13 AM

    I hope know one shows up. The NFL TV contracts provides enough shared revenue ($225 M) for a team to be profitable without any local ticket sales. The salary cap ensures this (~ $100 to ~144 M). a few teams in the league can continually operate with many unsold seats without a care.

    This is the dirty secret of the NFL: local fan support is not necessary for a team to exist. kroenke knows this and put a crappy product on the field to drive fans away so he could blame lack of support to justify his move — while still making money!!

    I guess you didn’t add the roughly $100M per season a team can take in from ticket sales and their cut of parking and concessions. Yes, there are “family business” teams like the Bears, Giants, Steelers, Chiefs, Raiders where their money was made from the team itself over multiple generations. But many of these owners are in major debt for their portion of the stadium financing as well as buying the team in the first place. An extra 100-wide a year does in fact help keep the books on the right side of the ledger for many teams.

  113. doggeatdogg says: Jan 30, 2016 11:17 AM

    It will be a lame duck year. They are leaving and have told the fans to kiss their a.. This player is just letting the fans know how the team feels about them. It’s a sorry situation all around. They will find themselves playing in an empty stadium. The SD Chargers are no more. The owner doesn’t have money (by NFL standards) and should just sell the team.

  114. unknown says: Jan 30, 2016 11:18 AM

    As a resident of the Cleveland area and Browns fan since childhood, I’ve heard this song before. A city that could not graduate half of its high school students spent $350M plus interest to build a POS stadium on valuable lakefront land.
    That POS pays no taxes to the city, is used a maximum of 12 times annually, and remains a drain on the city’s coffers.
    One generation after Nancy Reagan, we need to Just Say No to corporate welfare.

  115. daytontriangles says: Jan 30, 2016 11:28 AM

    Every Chargers season ticket holder should be taking their annual dues and instead of purchasing tickets, construct or upgrade their man-cave at home with a top notch flat screen, comfy couch and wet bar. They’ll enjoy the experience more than visiting the “Q” and it will likely cost less.

  116. jmc8888 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:29 AM

    Wow, those players are morons.

    How in the hell can this be happening all around you, defining your existence and the future of where you will be living/playing… and you simply are oblivious to the defining points of contention for the situation.

    I just don’t know how some people are that stupid.

    It just proves that many of these morons are in their own little bubble.

    Thanks for ‘keeping it real’.

  117. jmc8888 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:30 AM

    fstpstr says:
    Jan 30, 2016 10:53 AM

    Yeah, Chargers fans… You need to support your team better, because once a team leaves a particular city, they won’t ever get a shot at another franchise. It’s over.


    Your friends in L.A., Cleveland, St. Louis and Baltimore


    You do realize you just named four cities that got another chance.

  118. mdintino1420 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:37 AM

    Stand up San Diego!!!! VOTE YES in June for the stadium initiative!! I will be voting YES myself!! Then let’s all come out to Chargers games and show the world San Diego is a true NFL town.

    Once a stadium plan is approved and the shovel is in the ground, all this relocation talk will go away. It gets down to getting an up to date, modern stadium.

  119. mdintino1420 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:45 AM

    Spanos does not want a free stadium. Out of 1.1 billion, he just needs 350 million of help. Maybe just 250 million with the additional help from the league. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get this thing done!!!!!!

  120. Lou Stools says: Jan 30, 2016 11:46 AM

    “We’re staying one more year then dumping you, so prove your gratitude to us”? The entire Chargers org should be ashamed of this debacle. Either stay or go, but just shut up. And yes, I live in and pay SD taxes.

  121. mrgroovesd says: Jan 30, 2016 11:47 AM

    Well if you’re asking fans to show up then we’ll ask the same…Allen better get at least 10 touches and 100 yards a game and Ingram better get a sack every game. Oh yeah, they better play in all 16 games this year and if they make it to the playoffs, they better play their asses off.

  122. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 30, 2016 11:48 AM

    The put up or shut up is just nonsense. None of this is about the average fan (like most of us) buying tickets as a show of “support”. The money it costs for us to take our families to a game is only outrageous to us. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the real money – TV and private boxes and luxury suites.

    Spanos’ bottom line doesn’t depend on (or care about) how many or what color jersey the fans are wearing on gameday. It depends on whether or not the residents and politicians of SD want to hand over millions of dollars to a very rich man so that he can build some shiny new private boxes and luxury suites that he can sell to other very rich men.

    Put up or shut up time is when it’s time to vote on whether or not to hand over the millions. I’d call his bluff, vote “no (way in hell)” and stay home and watch on TV like millions of us do as it now anyway.

  123. R.J. says: Jan 30, 2016 11:49 AM

    We’ve spent the past fourteen years getting dumped on by the Chargers and Mark Fabiani, and in one day we’re supposed to forgive everything while there’s still an agreement to be a tenant in Kroenkeworld next year?

    I. Don’t. Think. So.

  124. imodan says: Jan 30, 2016 12:25 PM

    Chargers have been in SD since 1961. Won their one and only championship in 1963 as AFL champs. They have made the playoffs 5 times, 5 times! I’d say San Diego fans have been more than loyal. Most fan bases would have loaded up the moving vans themselves and offered to drive that stinking organization anywhere else. They played their first season in LA. Seems appropriate they end up in the city that doesn’t give 2 bleeps if there’s a team there or not.

  125. dejadoh says: Jan 30, 2016 12:31 PM

    These Chargers really suck. Wait until they are playing again in front of 10k people in the caverness LA Mausoleum.

  126. Vir Publius says: Jan 30, 2016 12:51 PM

    Just based on reading these comments and also the article it seems like the relationship between the team and the fans is really beyond repair. I think the Chargers leaving is probably what is best for everyone at this point.

  127. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:05 PM

    ….San Diego and Coronado are one of the most georgeous areas of the USA…they don’t need the Chargers with one of the mist vile and ugly owners of the NFL. Let this sorry excuse for a owner leave & take the team….and watch in amaznent how quick another team fills the void. San Diego will have another team with a much better owner by 2018.

  128. yesyesyall87 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:15 PM

    The players are right, they actually want to stay in SD. But then again, it’s obvious the bosses don’t care about anything but money so I wouldn’t buy tickets if I was a charger fan either. Too late, damage is done.

  129. vegagreenleaf says: Jan 30, 2016 1:31 PM

    As a former fan of the Seattle Sonics, I know how you feel Chargers fans. Sorry.

  130. thejetssuck2001 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:36 PM

    mdintino1420 says:
    Jan 30, 2016 11:45 AM
    Spanos does not want a free stadium. Out of 1.1 billion, he just needs 350 million of help. Maybe just 250 million with the additional help from the league. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get this thing done!!!!!!


    if the nfl really wanted this they would easily find the 350 million. just baselessly fine my team some more for a cpl psi and youre on your way.

  131. thespread00 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:58 PM

    I would sell all my tickets if i was a fan screw the chargers

  132. 1oldpro says: Jan 30, 2016 2:39 PM

    I’ve always responded well to a millionaire telling me what I needed to do with my meager income!

  133. peytonmanningshghconnection says: Jan 30, 2016 3:00 PM

    Makes me appreciate the fan base, the management, the owner and the team in KC. Sad to see one of the original AFL franchises move, but actually the Chargers started out in LA.

  134. scorpions2467 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:01 PM

    It will be sold out when the Raiders coming to play the Chargers.

  135. whereyaat says: Jan 30, 2016 3:23 PM

    Not a Chargers fan, but if I was I would be crowdfunding a boycott via kickstarter, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The fans need to organize and show the team, owner, players and league that this behavior is 100% unacceptable.

  136. ebdug says: Jan 30, 2016 3:23 PM

    The Chargers got voted down, they didn’t have a change of heart. San Diego would be doing good to ban the Chargers from city. Let them know what it feels like to have a team without a city.

    Something tells me no one would show up to support the Spanos Chargers.

  137. cavington says: Jan 30, 2016 3:28 PM

    So a lame duck franchise’s players want the fans to pony up knowing they willl be leaving no matter what next season. I don’t think that is responsible for players to say such things. If I were a fan of that team I wouldn’t pay a dime to see a game next season. Why would I want to go see a team that I loved and cared about that I know would be leaving. That team would be dead to me.

  138. westcoastbillsfan says: Jan 30, 2016 4:15 PM

    The culture of behavior in an organization comes from the top…Keenan: open your mouth after being in the league for ten years…And Ingram: Did I miss your selection to the Pro Bowl?

  139. shcedstaff says: Jan 30, 2016 4:34 PM

    Melvin Gordon has to score a NFL TD first.

  140. immafubared says: Jan 30, 2016 5:03 PM

    Ya and the guys who are yelling formyou to buy up those tickets, live in neiborhoods most couldnt afford. Theynjust dont get it and they dnt have t. They dont need you. They are all stars baby. If i was in sd, i would tell the pols not one dime of taxpayer money for a stadium. We did that here in minny.

  141. fanofpft says: Jan 30, 2016 5:26 PM

    Player saved a few letters on twitter using 4 (for). But set himself up for that comeback of amount of games won.

    Winning works best to get fans to draw. Even more so in nice locations.

  142. mackcarrington says: Jan 30, 2016 5:43 PM

    LA took the same stand as San Diego. No taxpayer money for a new stadium. So the teams left town. Now everyone is cheering San Diego for for not giving in as their team is poised to leave town. But LA is labeled as “can’t support NFL football”?

  143. squared80 says: Jan 30, 2016 5:47 PM

    Give money to a person who is taking away your team the following year? Pfft. Ok.

  144. scottytboltfan says: Jan 30, 2016 6:25 PM

    I’m an SD native and HAD season tickets for over 10 years. I’m over it. If greedy spanos wants a stadium he can pay for it and I’ll support the bolts 100 percent. Otherwise he can beat it. I’m happy to go over to the dark side and root against them.

    Arrogance is unreal for such a poor franchise. We are talking about the chargers not the steelers or Cowboys.

  145. faaast1 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:41 PM

    How about you 2, insufferably, arrogant losers,
    winning a few games first!!!

    As much as I loathe the Raiders, STUPID comments like that will drive me to support them, just to spite YOU!

  146. faaast1 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:47 PM

    + tim2200 – Amen bro!

  147. biglittlejoe says: Jan 30, 2016 9:20 PM

    “Every Game Better Be Sold Out”??


    Sound like a threat.

    Up Yours, Chargers!!!!

  148. fubar5150 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:48 PM

    Just leave already

  149. jcdurden88 says: Jan 31, 2016 2:27 PM

    San Diego Fans to Chargers Players: You better win all the games!

  150. sdcharger123 says: Jan 31, 2016 2:48 PM

    This is why I loathe Twitter. It’s so easy to come off like an ass when you don’t mean to.

    Like Nick Hardwick said, they’re just younger Chargers players that haven’t experienced how amazing this fan base can be. They were drafted into the organization during possibly one of the worst times in Chargers history with the relocation, bad coaches, below average teams, not making the playoffs multiple years in a row, etc. When there are a lot of things to do in Southern California, you have to win to sellout games. They would have to be pretty naive to think it would have been any different next year in LA.

  151. alphadux2u says: Feb 1, 2016 12:42 PM

    Lifelong Charger fan here and 20+ year season ticket holder. You’ll never see me and my family at another game. Bye Felicia.

  152. padronebradfather says: Feb 1, 2016 1:42 PM

    all the “road teams” who visit San Diego any given week should protest against a Chargers’ move. I mean, the Broncos, Raiders and Chiefs get 9 home games every year, sweet deal!

  153. Savage Lizard says: Feb 1, 2016 4:32 PM

    And let’s be real for a moment: a large portion of season tickets were bought up by brokers many years ago. And brokers sell to opposing fans by and large. People who plan a vacation to one of the nicest places in America to get out of their craphole of a town and catch their team while they are there.

  154. phuckauffewe says: Feb 1, 2016 7:45 PM

    Decades ago, after losing their one and only Superbowl, Spanos conned the city into buying ALL of the empty seats.

    What did the city get in return? Spanos cut, traded or demanded a salary reduction of his players. Poor Stan Humphrys got his arse handed to him because he had no line, nobody worthwhile to throw too.

    Yes, San Diegans have longer memories than the Spanos have ethics. The city tax payer, tired of providing welfare to another multimillionaire who, and this would be funny if it wasn’t so sad, made his money in construction in northern Cali., isn’t willing to pay for a playground where only the well to do, and those hard core fans, willing to mortgage their futures, can afford to attend.

    Want a sold out stadium? You have. Want a stadium full of home town fans? Try winning more, (no, I’m not directing that to the players) The Chargers’ average ticket price is $84.55, which is a hair above the NFL average of $84.43.

    All told, the price for a family of four paying for parking, food and drinks, etc., is $478.19, which is a hair below the NFL average of $479.11. The Chargers are the 16th most expensive of the 32-team league. The Chargers’ total tops that of the Seattle Seahawks, last year’s Super Bowl champion, which $472.10.

  155. jjackwagon says: Feb 2, 2016 2:22 PM

    Oh yeah!! “We are going to hang around one more year and give you another year of crappy football, so you BETTER show up and support us right before we take a big dump on ya’ll and leave after the season!!”

    Why would anyone go?

  156. mdintino1420 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:38 PM

    If San Diego city officials were smart, they would reach a stadium deal without a referendum. This would be faster and construction would begin sooner. The referendum will be on Election Day in Novemeber, not June. I am not a big Spanos fan, but I love the Chargers. When an entire city can get behind a football team, it is something special.

    When the mayor and Spanos have shovels in their hands for the groundbreaking ceremony, this will all be over.

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