NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The NFL has now blacked out six games in four weeks, but some teams' home games may be on television's injured reserve list for the entire season.The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers took out half of the AFC West's armchair fanbase by failing to sell out their Sunday home games within 72 hours of kickoff. It's a particularly special blackout for Raiders followers in Oakland, who've missed out on nine straight home games as the Oakland Coliseum's notorious "Black Hole" has faded to a dull gray in recent years. Oakland hasn't watched a televised home game since last year's season opener and, including the blackout of this week's matchup against the surging Houston Texans, the league has blacked out 78 of the Raiders' 122 home games since the team moved back from Los Angeles in 1995. The Raiders' 87-145 record in that span and the fact that they haven't won more than five games in a season since CBS ( CBS) commentator Rich Gannon took them to the Super Bowl in 2002 likely hasn't helped fill the Coliseum's more than 63,000 seats. But seriously, San Diego? Those fans watched as their hometown powerhouse made the playoffs five out of the past six years and sold out 48 straight games during that span, but cornerback Antonio Cromartie and running back LaDanian Tomlinson fly off to the New York Jets and they can't fill Qualcomm ( QCOM) Stadium anymore? Really? Quarterback Philip Rivers is still in the pocket, his weapons are still there, but the Chargers lose to the now 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs and drop a one-touchdown heartbreaker to the Seattle Seahawks when nobody can handle Leon Washington on a kick return and fans think the season's over at 1-2? San Diego is a beautiful fair-weather city, but it wasn't clear that label applied to its football fans as well. "Fair-weather" may be oversimplifying things a bit. Unlike Oakland Raiders fans, who haven't been able to utter the team's "Commitment to Excellence" motto without irony in years, San Diego fans have experienced their team's success at a premium. While the team hasn't raised its average ticket price in two years, according to Team Marketing Report it jumped 10% in 2008, to $81.39. That price is still above the league average of $76.47, and the price to take a family of four to a game at Qualcomm -- including parking, food and souvenirs -- is $16 more than the NFL's average rate of $420.
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