SAN DIEGO ( MainStreet) -- A week after the San Diego Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars to halt a six-game losing skid, the Jags found a way to get even.When both teams found themselves shy of a sellouts for this weekend's home games by 5,500 seats apiece 72 hours before kickoff, the Jaguars went and got themselves a 24-hour extension from the NFL to sell their remaining tickets to Sunday's matchup with the blackout-prone Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chargers front office, meanwhile, threw up its hands after fans only bought 500 tickets in two days and allowed the NFL to black out Sunday's home tilt against the Buffalo Bills.
|A week after the San Diego Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars to halt a six-game losing skid, the Jags found a way to get even.|
There's a chance that some improved on-field product could change all that. The team sold out 48 straight games before last season largely because it made the playoff in five of the previous six years. Key components such as cornerback Antonio Cromartie and aging but durable running backs Darren Sproles and LaDanian Tomlinson were allowed to leave, but centerpiece quarterback Phillip Rivers remains. What fans need more, however, is some assurance from the Spanos family that their team isn't heading to Los Angeles or Chula Vista anytime soon. San Diego's mayor still feels a Chargers Stadium is a priority, though perhaps not at the top of his list. The Spanos family, meanwhile, would like to see the whole matter of public funding put to a vote in 2012. None of that is going to put a Chargers game on television in San Diego on Sunday, however, and not even the recently blacked-out Bills will have any answers for Chargers fans when they take on a home team that much of the hometown isn't seeing. Maybe Chargers fans should take blackouts as personally. -- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.
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