Drew Brees was at the helm the last time the Chargers had a home game blacked out. After a poor Monday-night performance in Week One, it is likely the Chargers' home opener against the Jaguars this Sunday will be blacked out.
Roughly 8,000 general-admission tickets remain unsold. The Chargers have a streak of 48 consecutive sellouts, including the playoffs. Their last game blacked out was Nov. 7, 2004.
The deadline for reaching a sellout is 1:15 p.m. PST Thursday, and teams can request a 24-hour extension from the NFL if they are confident they can reach a sellout. Chargers executive vice president A.G. Spanos said the only sure sellout is the game against the Patriots on Oct. 24. There are 10,000 tickets left for a game against Arizona on Oct. 3.
In addition to the poor economy, the Chargers' 21-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week One on Monday night hardly got fans excited about the team.
"I know fans will be disappointed, and we're disappointed," Spanos said. "We appreciate that they're passionate about Chargers football."
Ironically, the Chargers' opponent Sunday, Jacksonville, is well-versed in having its home games blacked out.