Posted November 28, 2013

Bengals at Chargers will be NFL’s first blackout of 2013

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Not enough Chargers fans were interested to left a blackout of the Bengals' return. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Chargers fans did not buy enough tickets to lift a blackout of the Bengals’ Week 13 return. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Chargers’ upset win over the Chiefs last week didn’t put a big enough charge into their fan base to prevent the NFL’s first television blackout of the 2013 season. The Chargers announced Thursday their Sunday game against the Bengals did not sell out Qualcomm Stadium.

The NFL’s blackout policy requires a team must sell out a game within 72 hours of kickoff in order to be shown on local television. The Chargers did not attempt a few remedies at their disposal. The team did not request a 24-hour extension and neither the Chargers nor corporate sponsors including CBS were willing to buy up the remaining 5,300-plus unsold seats for 34 cents on the dollar. As a result, the CBS game broadcast will not be available in Southern California.

ESPN avoided an earlier blackout of its Colts-Chargers game in San Diego in October.

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The Bengals have a history of not drawing well in San Diego. The Bengals-Chargers game in Week 13 of the 2012 season was also blacked out.

The last NFL game to be blacked out in a local market occurred in Week 17 of 2012 when the Bills ended their season against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium.


12 comments
SteliosVatsolakis
SteliosVatsolakis

Sam, here's the thing. The reason LA isn't going to get the Chargers, or any other football team, is because their Basketball and hockey (Kings, Lakers & Clippers) fan base is way too strong to allow for another team to impede. Chargers - LA couldn't keep them; Rams - LA couldn't keep them; Raiders - LA couldn't keep them. Why would someone waste their money on sending LA another team when history shows the team will end up moving again.


As for the black out this Sunday, it's extremely disheartening that the NFL, during the holiday season, is going to restrict fans from watching a very important game. Obviously, seeing as we've only had one other game, this year, come close to being blacked out, but didn't, the fan base is just unable to afford the high price of tickets. Some of us have to choose between buying tickets to watch out team, and ensuring our children have a holiday of excitement and memories. With that said, I'm positive any parent, that's worth having children, will choose the latter. I hope someone, who can actually make necessary changes, reads this and takes all the fans into consideration, not just the ones who do not have to think about their finances.

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

It seems a shame that people HAVE to pay money in taxes for a stadium that an NFL owner can use for a substantial profit and then the NFL blacks out the people paying for the stadium that can't afford to go.

sam93505
sam93505

Actually, Starstruck, you are 100% right. If the Chargers or any other NFL team moves to LA, they would be sold out year-round, especially if they put in that new stadium in the eastern part of the county away from all the city traffic.

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

It costs alot of money to go to a game.

anon76
anon76

I went to the Broncos game earlier this month, and over half the stadium was wearing orange.  Great for me, but pretty pathetic for a franchise that has been competitive in every game this year.

After the game I was at a bar where the bartender was saying how much he hoped the franchise moves, just because he didn't think the fan base there was enthusiastic enough to deserve a franchise (he was a Cleveland native).  I hope they don't leave, but it's pretty hard to argue that they're going to be able to bring in enough revenue to field a competitive team when there's so little support within the community.

Starstruck
Starstruck

Hello to the LA Chargers. The difference between LA and San Diego is that LA will always have the local Hollywood celebrities to support the team. 

larrybradford
larrybradford

@Starstruck ....The RAMS and Raiders both had that libtard BS while they were in LA, and still the attendance was awful, which is why they both moved out...

larrybradford
larrybradford

@nsbanks43 @sam93505 ...And when they had a team, the attendance was pathetic. At today's prices, forget about it, and especially in the socialist Mexifornia. All is now lost there, IMO..

PsychoYankee
PsychoYankee

@larrybradford  You forgot to realize that California was a hardcore Republican state until Republican governor, Pete Wilson in 1994 alienated the Hispanic vote with Prop 187. Now it's a hardcore Democratic state.