Chargers apologize for 'soliciting' Chiefs fans

The San Diego Chargers have admitted to sending an email soliciting Kansas City Chiefs fans to buy tickets at a discounted rate for their Nov. 1 game at Qualcomm Stadium.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that team president A.G. Spanos termed the ploy "disappointing," after Chiefs blogger Patrick Allen, who lives in New York, received an email inviting him and others to come to the game with tickets $10 off. Not surprisingly, when word spread, Chargers fans were not happy that the team was rolling out the red carpet for supporters of a division rival.

“I totally understand that reaction,” said Spanos. “It’s disappointing because we’ve been so aggressive this year with trying to sell to new Chargers fans. We hired 18 new people. We’re launching a season-ticket holder referral program, where season-ticket holders are going to be able to get rewards if they refer a new Chargers season-ticket holder customer.

“We’ve been very aggressive. We’re trying our best to pack the stadium with Chargers fans. This article, it hurt.”

The Chargers are trying to avoid blackouts and sell tickets in an era where a down economy, steep prices and the convenience of HD televisions in living rooms make the home experience of watching the NFL more enticing in many ways than the in-stadium experience.

But the blatant invitation the Chargers handed out certainly crossed a line the club probably wishes it hadn't.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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