Fans determined to watch blacked out Chargers game
Sunday's Chargers-Falcons game blacked out
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SAN DIEGO -
Although Sunday's Chargers-Falcons game is blacked out, some determined San Diegans are willing to watch the game at any cost.
The blackout was triggered late this week when as many as 9,000 seats went unsold.
"They need to do something about the seats or I know it would normally be a sellout… but nobody wants to sit in the crap nosebleed seats that they have available," said Chargers fan George Jeffers.
However, some fans will likely catch the game illegally online. On Justin.tv, games can be seen online about 10 seconds behind the televised broadcast.
Another site, Firstrowsports.tv was recently shut down by the U.S. Justice Department and the government is constantly combing the web for other illegal sites.
"It's just word of mouth," said Chargers fan Jimmie Lujan. "I think last year there were like two games that were on Facebook. They just put sites on there and we were able to watch it."
10News wanted to know how many fans at a local Dave and Busters restaurant knew the trick around the blackout via the web. Nearly everyone did.
"It doesn't sit well with me, but I have no choice," said Jeffers.
Chargers fan Tyler Daher had a warning for his fellow fans.
"I don't illegally stream," said Daher. "I'm an IT major so I know you can get viruses that way, but I know there's people who will do that and it's a lot easier, it's more fun, you can watch the game at home… but I'm going to sit in the parking lot at Qualcomm and catch it on the radio."
Dave and Busters' general manager Steve Mugnai told 10News the blackout means he has to be the bearer of bad news.
"We'll have some people yelling at us," he said. "There's a lot of people who don't understand what the blackout means so they'll say, 'You can still get it because I can get it on the Internet' but you can't do that. You know, the NFL… they come and they check on you."
If caught trying to air the game, bars face a hefty fine by the NFL. Football fans who use those websites are also at risk of being caught.
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