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Chargers-Panthers game won’t be televised

chargers-on-tvSAN DIEGO — 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, running afoul of the National Football League’s blackout policy. 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.

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2 Comments to “Chargers-Panthers game won’t be televised”

    Wiz Khalifa said:
    December 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    lol, Oh really?

    sad one said:
    December 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    That’s pretty sucky maybe fans would show up and be more supportive… If the Chsrgers tried winning something after a while this gets old… I mean they dont even try they give up and give the game away…. SOOO in order to recieve you also have to give something in return… I dont think sucky plays and half ass plays qualify as a good show…. A Disappointed fan!!!!

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