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Chargers Must Sell 12,000 Tickets to Avoid Blackout

Fans could possibly see the third blackout this season if enough tickets aren't sold.

The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday that 12,000 tickets for Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals need to be sold to avoid a local television blackout.

If they aren't sold by early Thursday afternoon, the telecast would be blacked out in Southern California for the second week in a row under National Football League policy. Pricier club level seats are exempted from the NFL's television rules.

It would be the third time this season local fans would not be able to see a Chargers home game. Interest has waned during a 4-7 season and fan frustration over an off-season decision by team president Dean Spanos to retain coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.

Last week's 16-13 overtime loss to Baltimore and an early season 27-3 setback to Atlanta were also unavailable on local television. Ticket purchases by area companies helped the Chargers avoid a fourth blackout, against Kansas City.

-City News Service

Dick Sutton November 28, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Dick Why spend money on a ticket for such a lousy team that can not wine games.
Tom Yarnall November 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Why am I not surprised you would align yourself with the good folks in San Francisco?
Michael Duell November 29, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I have better things to do than watch that product.
Adub November 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The Chargers suck! They will always suck regardless of a new head coach, fresh draft picks and new veteran players. Who cares If the games are blacked out, there gonna probably loose in an embarrassing manor anyway.
Zach Cabading November 29, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Maybe San Diego doesn't deserve to have an NFL team with all of these pessimistic bandwagon fans

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