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Chargers MNF blackout more than likely

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07:13 AM ET 10.11 | On the upside, the number of unsold tickets for San Diego's upcoming home game is now down to four digits. The bad news is that number, it seems, won't help the team escape a rare Monday Night Football blackout. On Thursday, a team source called a local blackout "very likely" for Monday's game against the Colts. More than 9,000 general tickets are unsold. ... If blacked out, Los Angeles can see it. Orange County can see it. San Diego cannot. This would be the first Monday Night Football game to be blacked out since the Falcons hosted the 49ers on Jan. 3, 2000. Most blackouts affect television signals that reach a 75-mile radius of the stadium. The blackout rule is different for games shown on cable networks, such as ESPN and the NFL Network. It tightens to a 35-mile radius.

U-T San Diego

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October 11, 2013  07:36 AM ET

Not something I'm going to lose any sleep over.

October 11, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Only 9000 tickets left with 4 days to go til the game. Lots of time left to sell those tickets. Discount 'em 50 or 75%, that will move them.

October 11, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Not counting last week, anyway, the Chargers have been putting a much better product on the field. Miles and miles to go, yeah, but still fun to watch. I'd think sales would be up.

October 11, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Sell lottery tickets to win game tickets. Make people think they've actually won something.

October 11, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Too much to do in San Diego.

October 11, 2013  08:54 AM ET

NFL has issues with TV broadcasts. I reside 110 miles from JAX and that is who we get on TV. People who live in Jacksonville don't go to the games but we have to endure that? Seems like the only people who make out are the bar owners.

October 11, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Who wants to watch Philip Rivers?

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October 11, 2013  09:13 AM ET

<runs in...>


The blackouts will end in San Diego when the Chargers move up the coast to Los Angeles.


<runs out...>

October 11, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Seems like the only people who make out are the bar owners

We have a barbeque place in town that put in a bar last year. I love the place. My wife hates barbeque. They have a bunch of microbrews on tap, and they change them up frequently.

But....they're closed on Sundays. C'mon, don't they want to make money?

October 11, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I thought QB's are supposed to hold the ball before they pass at shoulder level?

October 11, 2013  09:31 AM ET

I don't think they are allowed to discount the tickets, they would have to buy them at face value and give them away - that's what teams usually do in situations like this.

October 11, 2013  09:46 AM ET

The gifts from AJ Smith and Norv Turner continue to give. Everyone expects another disaster to strike and is turning their interest elsewhere. When they were the most talented team in the league a few years back, they underachieved. Then they had mysterious meltdowns that wrecked their seasons. Now they are struggling to rebuild.

Maybe Mark Sanchez is the answer. It could be his new Jets West.

October 11, 2013  09:56 AM ET

The stupidity and arrogance of the NFL never fails to amaze. They "punish" fans of terrible teams by refusing to show the games. Hopefully fans will respond with a big yawn and find something better to do with their time and money.

October 11, 2013  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The stupidity and arrogance of the NFL never fails to amaze. They "punish" fans of terrible teams by refusing to show the games. Hopefully fans will respond with a big yawn and find something better to do with their time and money.

Yup. If I couldn't watch the games on TV, I wouldn't be a fan at all.

This may have been a good policy decades ago, but now, the big money coming into the league is from TV, not from ticket sales.

October 11, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yup. If I couldn't watch the games on TV, I wouldn't be a fan at all.This may have been a good policy decades ago, but now, the big money coming into the league is from TV, not from ticket sales.

The old policy was changed thanks in part to the Redskins.


The movers and shakers in DC couldn't get tickets (sold out) and couldn't watch on TV (blackouts).


Hail to the Redskins!!

October 11, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sell lottery tickets to win game tickets. Make people think they've actually won something.

First prize is 2 tickets to a Chargers game. Second prize is four tickets to a Chargers game.

October 11, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

<runs in...> The blackouts will end in San Diego when the Chargers move up the coast to Los Angeles. <runs out...>

<door hits him in the **** on the way out>

How about the Oklahoma City Chargers? The San Antonio Chargers?

October 11, 2013  11:49 AM ET

I'm a little surprised so many tickets are unsold. Despite San Diego's record, I think that could be a good game.

 
October 11, 2013  11:59 AM ET

TOOOOOOOOOOOO EXPEN$IVE TO SEE A GAME LIVE

TOOOOOOOOOOOO MANY NFL GAMES ALREADY ON TV (THURS, SUN, SUN NITE ETC)

TOOOOOOOOOOOO GREEDY N F L

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