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Chargers Could See Fourth Blackout this Season

The team announced that it needs to sell 13,000 more tickets for Sunday's game.

The Chargers are on the verge of a blackout after announcing Monday that 13,000 tickets are unsold for Sunday's contest against Carolina.

Teams have to sell all of their tickets by 72 hours before kickoff to have a game televised in their home markets, per National Football League policy.

Teams that are close to a sellout by the deadline are usually granted an extension. Unsold tickets in the expensive club level at 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium are not counted under NFL rules.

Fans interest has waned over the course of a 5-8 season that has seen the Chargers squander several fourth-quarter leads. Last week, it was reported that team president Dean Spanos has already decided to fire head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith after the final game, though Spanos called the reports "pure speculation."

Recent home losses to Baltimore and Cincinnati were not televised in Southern California, and an early season setback to Atlanta was also blacked out. A prime time contest against Kansas City aired only because corporate backers bought up a bunch of tickets before the deadline.

-City News Service

Jay Berman December 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM
So the city should spend a billion bucks to build a stadium in which so few will be able to afford to actually go to a game ? LOL ! Spanos wants a stadium, he can build it ... to spend so much to benefit so few should be a crime ...
Doug Curlee December 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM
actually, i'm not sure the league will allow him to even do that.. doug
JOhn December 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Did not say the City should spend a billion bucks. But it should be a partnership with the NFL and Chargers picking up most of the TAB. The 1998 Superbowl generated almost 300 million in revenue to local business with the city getting about 16 million in tax revenue for that one event. Doug it would be a shame to lose the bowl games. The city of San Diego would lose allot of money without that income. Doug the City signed a 10 year lease with SDSU in 2009, the upkeep of the Stadium is about 10 million a year, so not knowing what kind of clauses the City has with SDSU the Stadium will not be going anywhere anytime soon. If done right it would be a win win for the City. City of Arlington gave the Cowboys 400 million for their stadium and they are on track to recoup that money earlier than planned.
michael d. December 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
its always been about the $$$$.. does the nfl control all lives ?? let the chargers go.. . sell the land..why prolong whats going to happen down the line .. being born and raised here for 65 years.. i have sold out many times..why not them,the city,all of them , thats the REAL game.
michael d. December 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
cool comment !!

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