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Chargers Game vs. Atlanta Falcons Officially Blacked Out Sunday

Nearly 9,200 general admission tickets remained as of Thursday, which was too many to allow for a 24-hour extension.

The San Diego Chargers game versus the Atlanta Falcons will be blacked out on television in Southern California, the team announced Thursday, as nearly 9,200 general admission tickets remained unsold.

The number was too high to allow for a 24-hour extension from the NFL.That happened last week, and the home opening victory over the Tennessee Titans ended up being televised locally.

It is the first blackout for the Chargers for this season, and the sixth blackout over the last three seasons.

With both teams sitting at 2-0, local residents will not be able to see what is expected to be one of the week's best games.

The team did not announce if and when the game would be available to be seen on tape delay. Kickoff for the matchup against the high-powered Falcons is at 1:05. The game will be on numerous radio stations throughout Southern California. Portions of the game, including all scoring plays, can be seen in real-time on the NFL's Red Zone Channel.

The game is also a homecoming of sorts for Falcons running back Michael Turner. Turner served as a backup to LaDainian Tomlinson for the Chargers from 2004-2008. In 2009, he signed as a free agent for the Falcons and has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of his four seasons in Atlanta. On Tuesday morning, following the Falcons victory over Denver on Monday Night football, Turher was arrested and charged with DUI.

San Diego is off to its best start since 2006, when it also started 2-0.

Ed Sorrels September 20, 2012 at 09:49 PM
LOL, And this is a suprise to who ?
Joe St. Lucas September 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Kind of kills the idea to spend all of the taxpayer money to build a shiny new stadium. Why do that and then not be able to watch the team play on tv!
Robert Neulreich September 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Further proof of the NFL organization bleeding the fans dry.
Eric Yates September 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
It's kind of a chicken and the egg thing Joe. Would more fans come out if there was a new stadium? Undoubtedly. But why would the city (and taxpayers) invest in a new stadium when they can't even sell enough tickets to prevent blackouts now. This will continue to happen as the NFL viewing experience gets so much better and more enhanced than watching live games. A new stadium is needed, but it might not be the answer.
Komfort September 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Charge $2.50 a beer and $1.50 a dog and watch what happens.
TJ September 21, 2012 at 02:36 AM
and cheaper tickets....
Chris September 21, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Undoubtedly? There is no scenario in which a new stadium would entice more fans to attend games.
Chris September 21, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Much cheaper tickets. If they would take a page from a few other sports venues--Petco Park has the viewing park(a bit out there to watch the game, but cheap) and Del Mar has their infield. If the Chargers want to sell tickets, they need to work with the fans instead of trying to rape them.
santee citizen September 21, 2012 at 03:00 AM
if a new stadium was built it would have less seats, 62,000 compared to the current stadium which has 70,561. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualcomm_Stadium http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1139353 third one down
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Batmick September 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
And yet, life goes on. YAWN! Why watch pro-sports anywhere when you can do sports yourself?
Tom Yarnall September 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Probably no more blackouts when the Chargers move to L.A. Enough 1 percent-ers there to always fill the stadium.
Robert Paulson September 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Really! What a waste of time and money. The team owner don't care about the fans, that's why there is a black out. They only want your money. Pro football sucks. The "sport" is controlled by the gamblers. A bunch of hyped up idiots on steroids, trying to hurt each other, for a bunch of drunks whooping it up in sports bars ignoring their wives and kids at home, betting on the games and losing their money because the games are fixed, being exploited by the team owners until they're too brain damaged to play any longer. Gamblers win, team owners win, beer companies (advertisers) win, players lose, wives and families lose, drunk fans lose. If they build a new stadium downtown, everyone loses. Let the Chargers go to LA, everyone wins. There is a reason they call them "fans", fan is short for FANATIC.
Robert Paulson September 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Good riddance!
John Bergmann September 21, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Does this mean I will get a double-header on Fox because the local game is a no-broadcast? That would be nice.
Robert Paulson September 21, 2012 at 09:27 PM
No, you'll just get repeat of Sean Hannity.
Kevin George September 21, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Robert, I'm not a fan, I never watch football, never have. But..... that is a really big and dirty bag to throw that many people into. Just wondering what do the truly cool do on Sunday?
Chris September 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Meh...The Chargers wouldn't survive in LA as a franchise. The Raiders are the LA team. They were the LA team when the Rams were there. The LA Rams were the football equivalent to baseballs NY Mets...nobody cares. The team owners are blowing smoke up our collective skirts to see what reaction we'd have. They know they don't have a local option.
Robert Paulson September 22, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Kevin, pro football is very corrupt, top to bottom, inside and out. Believe me, I know what I'm talking about. I used to be in the business. What I said about pro ball was true. If you knew what went on behind the scenes and in those sky boxes you would understand what I say. It will never become public or be investigated because there is too much money involved. What I said about the fans may not be true in EVERY case but is a generalization that has a huge element of truth in it. To some it's just expensive entertainment. I have a business that I love. I own a small independent bookstore, rated among the best in San Diego county and I work on Sunday because I no longer have any employees.
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