The San Diego Chargers are going to retire Junior Seau’s No. 55 jersey this Sunday in the home opener against the Tennessee Titans. It is a great gesture to the late Seau, who took his own life after enjoying one of the best careers in the history of the Chargers’ franchise.
Unfortunately, many of the people and fans who watched Seau have some of his best seasons with the Chargers may not be able to witness the game or ceremony take place due to NFL local blackout rules.
The Chargers reportedly still have several thousand unsold tickets entering this weekend’s game with the Titans. they have until 1:25 local time today to sell those remaining general tickets. If not, the game will not be televised in Southern California.
I understand the rule. I know why it is in place. But as they always say, there is always an exception to every rule.
San Diego faced a similar situation last year, when home games against the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals were not aired locally. In 2010, the Chargers had three games that also did not air locally, including the team’s first two of the season.
This season marks the fifth consecutive year that the team has not raised ticket prices, but season-ticket sales are reportedly lower than last year. The team has not enjoyed the same level of success on the field, so I understand the dip in sales. Due to that, I understand why a few Chargers games have not aired on local television.
But Sunday is different. Seau was so important to the people of Southern California. He was a member of the USC Trojans. he played for the Chargers in a Super Bowl. He did so much for the community and people in the area. Regardless of what the local blackout rules are, this game needs to be seen by anyone in the area who wants to watch it on Sunday.
I don’t care what it takes. The league can buy and raffle the tickets with the money going to concussion research instead of to the Chargers. It doesn’t matter.
But ultimately, someone needs to come up with an idea that will sell the remaining tickets and get this game on television for the people of Southern California.
For all that he did for the fans and the NFL, Seau and his family deserve at least that much.