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QUALCOMM JOINS WITH BOLTS TO LIFT BLACKOUTS FOR THREE GAMES
Published October 23, 1997
The Chargers are teaming up with Qualcomm to buy enough tickets to lift a local TV blackout on three of six remaining home games, according to Ray Huard of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Qualcomm and the team will give their tickets to county schools, to be used as rewards to students. Mayor Susan Golding: "This solves a lot of potential problems for this year." But the UNION-TRIBUNE's Huard notes, however, that the ticket-buying deal "still leaves the city on the hook for the controversial ticket guarantee that is at the heart of the stadium deal." Under the guarantee, the city must give the Chargers a rent credit when fewer than 60,000 general admission tickets are sold for home games. Golding's Press Secretary Todd Harris said that the guarantee "already has cost the city $705,900 in rent credits" through the Chargers first two home games. With the new ticket deal, officials "estimate" that the city will wind up deducting $1.2M by the end of the season from the estimated $5.7M the Chargers will pay in rent (Ray Huard, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/23).