Chargers Losing Game at Ticket Window

Bots have yet to sell out a game for 2009 season

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    The team says the sour economy is to blame for poor ticket sales this year.

    The only NFL team in Southern California -- and one that wants a new stadium -- says it's having trouble selling out its games because of the slow economy.

          In a story posted on the team's Web site, the San Diego Chargers are warning fans there's a chance some games will be blacked out on local TV.
         
    Chargers chief operating officer Jim Steeg is quoted as saying that the team has a lot of tickets to sell for all games and that they're better seats than have been available in recent year. Spokesman Bill Johnston wouldn't give specific numbers of tickets remaining. He said no games are close to selling out.

    Compounding the team's financial woes in the near future will be the fact that starting quarterback Philip Rivers' contract negotiations. Some are saying the QB could be looking for a $100 million payday.
         
    The last local TV blackout was for a 2006 exhibition game.