Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of Qualcomm Stadium during the NFL football game between the Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals at Chargers game gets blacked out; first NFL blackout this season

Week 13 of the 2013-14 NFL regular season kicked off today with a Thanksgiving Day triple-header and we are preparing for a first this season. For the first time in 2013, the NFL will be forced to black out a game after the Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers game failed to sell enough tickets.

From Lindsay Jones of USA Today Sports:

The match up between Cincinnati and San Diego has playoff implications, so you would imagine plenty of people would be interested in coming out to catch such an important game at this point of the season.

Unfortunately, it looks like too many people are planning on still being busy with their families and avoiding making the trip to a stadium.

When you are looking for a game to attend, it doesn’t get much better than two franchises searching for a postseason berth, but it just didn’t work out for San Diego and they will be forced to blackout the game in the local market.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals San Diego Chargers

  • arnie

    blackout? Not in my house. Lol

  • Drainbamaged

    Despite team owners attempting to hide behind claims NFL rules demand blackouts, most fans understand multiple avenues exist for the Spanos’ to allow the game to be broadcast. They have no qualms asking San Diego taxpayers pony up hundreds of millions for new digs or they’ll leave, but refuse to cover the seat buy back, even at the 60% discount, for the few thousand remaining unsold. Typical linguistic smoke and mirror technique of the overly greedy for use on the overly stupid.