If San Diego becomes an NFL-football-less city, we will weep, of course. However, many of us will still tune into games on TV. Given the price of Chargers tickets — and beer and dogs — it's what most of us do anyway.
But which games will we see?
The best available?
Um, not likely.
If the Chargers move to Los Angeles, we will likely become what Los Angeles is to the Chargers now — a secondary market. That means will see all away games, per NFL broadcasting rules. For some, it might be torture, watching our former team eight times a year. Those who retain their loyalties will be thrilled.
The really big question is: What if the Raiders share the stadium in Carson, as planned? Will we become a secondary market to them, as well? If the Raiders move to the NFC West — as some have speculated — will we be get stuck watching them play all their road games too?
Not sure about you, but who cares about the NFC West? Who's still not stinging from the #*% 49ers blowing out the Chargers in their only Super Bowl appearance?
Get this. Suppose the Rams move to L.A. too. Will we be stuck watching their road games, as well? Will we get a steady does of Chargers, Raiders and Rams — three titans?
(Well, at least we don't have to watch the Tennessee Titans ...)
This secondary market rule can be cruel. Look at Orlando, Fla., for instance. It's the secondary market for the Jacksonville Jaguars — one of the worst teams in the League. So if the Jags are playing — say — at Cleveland, guess what game gets aired in Orlando.
In 2013, the local affiliate actually apologized to viewers for showing a Jags game instead of a highly anticipated game between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos, both led by the Mannings brothers Guess who the Jags were playing that day? That would be the Raiders.
That could be our future too.
If so, put Direct TV on speed dial.