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Bengals at Chargers becomes first blackout of 2013 NFL season


Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) walks to the Chargers bench after not converting a third down while Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (left) trash talks him during the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

If you live near the San Diego Chargers TV market, you won’t be able to watch this weekend’s matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chargers, as the eam was unable to sell it’s allotment of tickets required to prevent the first blackout of the 2013 NFL season.

Per Pro Football Talk:

"Never mind the fact that the Chargers remain in the playoff hunt, or that the Bengals are 7-4. The game hasn’t been sold out, so it will be blacked out in Southern California. The Chargers made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.More than 5,300 non-premium tickets remain available for purchase. The Chargers have not opted to reduce the minimum sales obligation, which would have permitted the game to be televised locally despite the 5,300 unsold tickets. Likewise, the Chargers and/or their sponsors have decided not to buy the"

At 5-6 and coming off of a season-altering win against the Kansas City Chiefs, who were previously unbeaten at home, you’d think the Chargers would have sold-out their game.

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