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Recession leaves empty seats in the stands

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    Robert Bixby bought two tickets to the Chargers game  on Wednesday but said it's just as easy to stay home.

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    "With cable, it's so nice to watch at home," Bixby said. "I'd rather pay that $44 a month and get a couple pizzas and a couple beers, and you still haven't paid the $79 for the game."

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    Low-ticket sales for Sunday's Chargers home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars mean a blackout is likely for the first time in years. Source: Football Fights for Fans | NBC San Diego

    Low-ticket sales for Sunday's Chargers home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars mean a blackout is likely for the first time in years.

    But as fans yield to the recession and stay home from the game, they won't be able to watch it from their living room. The San Diego Chargers may not be selling out their home opener -- that means people like Bixby won't be able to see the game on their big screen television.

    "The way the economy is now, it's very hard for people to buy tickets," said San Diego resident Ernesto Rodriguez. 

    Rodriguez was at Qualcomm Stadium with his wife and 2-year-old son to buy tickets to this Sunday's game; he admitted that he probably won't go to as many game this year.

    That seems to be a problem plaguing all sports, from NASCAR to tennis. By one estimate, the NFL could see it's lowest attendance since 1998. Susie Rodriguez said you can't blame the team.

    "Even if they were having the best season, fans still want to come out and support the team -- it's the finances, it's hard to get out here," Susie said.

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