Unless the Chargers find a way to sell 8,000 tickets by Thursday’s 1:15 p.m. deadline — and don’t you think they ought to, considering its their home opener and they’re coming off a miserable performance against Kansas City — there’ll be a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way where the mandatory NFL blackout rule will be put to the test right away.
The team could of course ask for an extension to Friday, but will it matter?
The franchise hasn’t had a blackout since 2004. That’s 48 consecutive regular-season home games. But this time, there’s worry. Plenty. Not just on the field.
Chargers executive vice president A.J. Spanos said Wednesday he is “not optimistic the blackout will be lifted.”
Neither are we (groovy)…
Without a blackout, L.A. escapes the “market of interest” blanket and can have access to the CBS marque matchup of the weekend — New England-N.Y. Jets, which will be a late-afternoon-going-into-prime-time affair.
Yippie ka yay to that, Mark Sanchez.
== Miami at Minnesota: Channel 2, 10 a.m., with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf. CBS also has Buffalo-Green Bay (with Spero Dedes and Randy Cross), Baltimore-Cincinnati (Bill Macatee and Rich Gannon), Kansas City-Cleveland (Don Criqui and Steve Beuerlein) and Pittsburgh-Tennesse (Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots) in this window.
== Chicago at Dallas: Channel 11, 10 a.m., with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver (going to 56 percent of the country). L.A. misses on Fox’s broadcasts of Tampa Bay-Carolina (9 percent, with Dick Stockton and Charles Davis), Arizona-Atlanta (8 percent, with Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick) and Philadelphia-Detroit (5 percent, with Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Chris Myers).
== Jacksonville at San Diego: Channel 2, 1 p.m., with Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker. If it’s blacked out, expect New England-N.Y. Jets (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms) over Houston-Washington (Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts). Also in this window, Fox won’t be able to show you Seattle at Denver (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa) or St. Louis at Oakland (with Ron Pitts and John Lynch).
== N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis: Channel 4, 5:20 p.m., with Michaels, Collinsworth and Kremer.
== New Orleans at San Francisco: ESPN, 4 p.m., with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden.