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Sunday's Chargers vs. Bengals Game Blacked Out

The team failed to sell enough tickets for the third time this season.

The San Diego Chargers failed to sell enough tickets to avoid a local television blackout for the third time this season, the team announced Thursday.

Ticket sales fell 11,000 short of the sellout required by National Football League policy to have Sunday's contest against the Cincinnati Bengals appear on TV screens around Southern California.

It's the second week in a row in which a home game will be blacked out in San Diego. 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 for local television viewing. Ticket purchases by area companies helped the Chargers avoid a fourth blackout, against Kansas City.

The NFL requires that general tickets be sold out 72 hours before kickoff for a telecast to be shown in a local market -- though extensions are routinely granted when a team is close. Pricier club level seats do not apply to league rules.

SPB November 30, 2012 at 07:38 PM
This whole blackout thing is stupid. Its the age of the internet. All games are available online to stream for free. So now all the NFL does is ensure they don't receive extra money for ad revenues since overseas pirate sites don't really share in that sort of thing. Also, yeah, maybe Spanos will get the memo this time now that people aren't buying so many tickets. I heard Bill Cowher and John Gruden are free...
Galactic Cannibal December 02, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The NFL is all about money , greed and profit. And Fans are just the fodder. BLACKOUTS are pathetic.

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