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Chargers Home Opener Blackout Probable

The San Diego Chargers have sold out every regular-season game since 2004. Charger ticket sales have dipped this year due to the faltering economy and Charger fans in San Diego may not be able to tune in to watch their favorite team play this Sunday.

Chargers executive Jim Steeg said he was “pessimistic” that the home opener will sell out by Thursday afternoon in order to lift the TV blackout. Steeg said there were 2,500 tickets available as of Tuesday. “That’s a lot of tickets to sell in 48 hours,” he said. He added that only 50 tickets were sold on Tuesday morning. The team can ask for a 24-hour extension and since it is a short week for the Chargers, it would probably be granted as long as there is a likelihood that the extra time would actually generate a sellout. When asked if the planned on requesting an extension he said “We aren’t going to cross that bridge until we get there.”

There have been games in the past where a company purchased all remaining tickets in order to life the blackout, but with the number of tickets that remain unsold, it’s unlikely that this will occur for this weekends game.

The Jaguars and Lions join the Chargers in facing TV blackouts on Sunday.

NFL rules prohibit teams from broadcasting within a 75-mile radius home games that fail to sell out.


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3 Responses to “Chargers Home Opener Blackout Probable”

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  2. […] Chargers Home Opener Blackout Probable » Chargers GabThe San Diego Chargers have sold out every regular-season game since 2004. Charger ticket sales have dipped this year due to the faltering economy and Charger fans in San Diego may not be able to tune in to watch their favorite team … Read more […]

  3. Fair is Fair says:

    How are the Jaguars facing a blackout on Sunday if they’re not playing at home?

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