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Chargers See Fourth Blackout this Season

Sunday's game against Carolina will be blacked out.

For the third time in a row and fourth this season overall, the Chargers' home game Sunday against Carolina will not be televised in Southern California, the team announced Thursday.

The Chargers said they were 11,000 tickets short of a sellout despite the team's attempt to sell tickets on Groupon. Teams are required to sell out all but their most expensive tickets 72 hours prior to kickoff.

Contests against Atlanta, Baltimore and Cincinnati were previously not shown on local televisions. A fourth blackout, a prime time match against Kansas City, was narrowly averted when corporate sponsors snapped up the remaining tickets.

Fan interest has waned amid a 5-8 season that has seen the Chargers blow several fourth quarter leads and fall out of AFC West title contention. It's been reported that head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will be fired at season's end, but team president Dean Spanos said that was "pure speculation."

The season-finale against Oakland is almost sold out, the Chargers said. The annual appearance by the rival Raiders can generally be counted on to fill the seats at Qualcomm Stadium.

-City News Service

Markus December 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
LOL maybe it has to do with the fact the suck! No running game or offensive line... We should boycott them for the remained of the season anyhow!
Army Grunt December 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Fire the front office peronnel, then hire some one that can inspire the players with direction and some "Fire" instead of whimpiness like Norv. Bill Cowher comes to mind, then rebuild O-line with some monsters with legs under them & strength ie Diehlman, Ed White, Louie Kelcher, Walt sweeney....these were knuckle-busters in the day!
Michael Duell December 14, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I guess this proves that even creative marketing strategies such as Groupon are no substitute for putting a good product on the field.
Erika Lowery December 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Well I guess Groupon didn't work last game. I just saw a Living Social deal for the RAIDER game! Isn't this a regularly scheduled sell out game??? https://www.livingsocial.com/events/567610-san-diego-chargers-ticket-package

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