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Chargers Game Against Ravens to Be Blacked Out

The slumping Bolts can't sell out Qualcomm after losing five of their last six games.

 

The San Diego Chargers game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens will not be televised locally, team officials announced Thursday.

National Football League policy dictates the game must have been sold out 72 hours before its 1:05 p.m. kickoff to avoid being blacked out in local markets, which include all signals within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and areas whose television signals reach within that 75-mile zone.

The policy affects all telecasts, including cable and satellite. More than 9,000 tickets remained unsold for the 1:05 p.m. game at Qualcomm Stadium as the Chargers have slumped to a 4-6 record with losses in five of their last six games.

- City News Service

John Galt November 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Need to build a smaller stadium.
Libi Uremovic November 23, 2012 at 03:26 PM
"...National Football League policy dictates..." and there lies the basis of the problem... why would the league dictate anything to the taxpayer that paid for the stadium ?
Libi Uremovic November 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
then let the owners build themselves a smaller stadium... there is no reason for the professional sports industry to be subsidized by the tax payer....they can pay their athletes hundreds of thousands instead of millions and fund themselves...
Jeff Collins November 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Stop being ignorant.. The Super Bowl, which the NFL offered to guarantee 4 out of the next 10 to be here in San Diego, brings to our city over 530 million dollars per super bowl. If the city counsel had any vision what so ever, back in 2003, they would have given the Chargers the land upon which Qualcomm stadium stands, and we would already have reaped the benefits of such a win-win situation. Building a smaller stadium does what? Oh that's right, build a smaller stadium so we could never qualify to host a superbowl game here again. That is truly thinking... Don't worry, the chargers will leave and so will Comic-con, because other cities "get it" and ignorance is the problem and always has been the problem with people in this city. Your right at home...
Things I Learned November 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Publicly funded football stadiums bring San Diego so much money we should build TWO of them!
Doug Curlee November 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
another thought to remember.. if the chargers leave for l.a., which a lot of people think will happen, that means qualcomm will be torn down and the land sold or leased for development.. which in turn means the end of the san diego state aztecs as a division 1 football program..they'll have no place to play, and no hope of building a stadium of their own on campus..i think they'd have to have at least 30 to 40,000 seats to stay in division 1.. who's gonna build that, and where? doug
Michael Duell November 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
According to everything I have read, Los Angeles is ready to move forward with a new stadium and all they are waiting for is a team. If a team moves to Los Angeles, they are going to get a billion dollars with the new stadium and increased revenues, etc. Considering San Diego doesn't even have a specific site, and would never bring in that kind of revenue, I have to believe the Chargers will leave in 2013. After all, it's hard to turndown a billion dollars.
Komfort November 23, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Maybe a new stadium will be built 75.1 miles up the new bullet train route.
Frank H. Robles November 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I blame the NFL for the Blackout, they made SanDiego increase the seating in 1998 by 10,000 for the Super Bowl. The stadium was fine at 60,000 seating, now the traffic and parking is horrible. San Diego will not see a Super Bowl again, need to up grade the existng stadium, remove about 12,000 seats, build the skybox's that the Chargers want. The Aztecs have been Div.1 since 1969, they need the stadium to remain Div.1 Investing in existing structure to more cost effective.
Erika Lowery November 23, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Does this mean the Vikings are going to be on? If so, my husband will be happy.
Doug Curlee November 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
michael..i don't think los angeles is as close to a new stadium as you think..they haven't really settled on a site for it yet..and definitely haven't settled on the financing.. antonio villaragosa is trying to get a deal done before he's termed out as mayor..but he's not making any headway..it would still need a few hundred million dollars in taxpayer funds to get the deal done, and there just isn't the political will in los angeles to get that done.. i think it'll happen sooner or later.. but i'd put my money on later.. doug
Michael Duell November 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Doug: Rumors and speculation run rapid with projects like a new stadium and one will never truly knows until the they actually break ground for a new stadium. None-the-less, they have a corporate sponsor (Farmer's Insurance), and the city council approved the stadium 12-0 this past September. According to what I have read, L.A. is just waiting for the commitment of one NFL team before they will break ground. I think we can agree that L.A. is closer to getting a new stadium than San Diego.
Dale November 25, 2012 at 02:45 AM
After faithfully following the Chargers for over 35 years now, I'm done until the current management team is gone. I think the wife and I will enjoy a trip to Julian for some hot apple cider. Oh and by the way Mr Spanos, I wont be renewing my season tickets next year and neither will a lot of my fellow fans. I'm sure you couldn't care less though.
Ed Sorrels November 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
TYhank you komfort for bringing a flash of sanity to the discusion !

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