Skip to content

Raiders still evaluating whether to use new blackout rule

hi-res-116615429_crop_650x440 Getty Images

Of all the teams that could be tempted to take advantage of the NFL’s new blackout rule, the Raiders are the team that could be facing the toughest decision.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Raiders have yet to make a decision.  Per a league source, the Raiders are still considering and evaluating the situation.

They have until August 9 to pick a percentage of non-premium seats between 85 and 100 that will apply for the entire season.  Last year, the Raiders managed to sell out all home games, for the first time since returning to Oakland in 1995.

With a schedule that features visits from the Steelers and Saints at one extreme and the Jags, Bucs, and Browns at the other, it could be hard to duplicate that success, unless the Raiders contend for a playoff berth.  Still, taking advantage of a rule that essentially constitutes an advance admission of failure doesn’t fit with the vibe that the organization currently is trying to generate.

Thus, we’d be surprised if the Raiders do anything other than keep the minimum percentage of non-premium ticket sales at 100.

Permalink 9 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Oakland Raiders, Rumor Mill
9 Responses to “Raiders still evaluating whether to use new blackout rule”
  1. granadafan says: Jul 25, 2012 2:18 PM

    If owners cared one iota about the fans, they’d take this deal and show the games to fans and residents whose tax money paid for the stadiums teams play in. I’m not a Jags fan, but at least they did everything they could through tarps or ticket buy back to ensure there would be no blackouts and local fans could at least watch games. The Raiders did none of that.

  2. thehuckster404 says: Jul 25, 2012 2:31 PM

    Not sure I agree with the “advance admission of failure” statement. This is more of a “I’m an owner trying to show goodwill to my community, but don’t want to leave money on the table if we sell out each week.”

  3. neraider says: Jul 25, 2012 3:00 PM

    @ granadafan

    Are you a Raider’s Fan? If you were, you would know that we didn’t need to tarp it up like the Jags.

    We sold out all of our games last year.

    And if we didn’t sell out all our games organically, how do you know Mark didn’t buy up tickets last year to avoid a blackout?

  4. humb0lt says: Jul 25, 2012 3:36 PM

    The Raiders were blacked out 11 consecutive games in 2009-10. In those two seasons, 15 of the Raiders’ 16 home games were blacked out.

    The Raiders are the only team to get shut out twice on Monday Night Football in the same season. That makes it difficult to sell tickets.

  5. prideandpoise says: Jul 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    Can’t fault them for taking their time. If this rule came out a couple years ago it would be a no brainer to lower it to 85%. However, last season was fully sold out- not even the 2002 Super Bowl team had 8 reg season sellouts. Raider Nation is awake and in full force.

  6. mullman7675 says: Jul 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    The RAIDERS are on the upswing. Meanwhile, down south, the bolts are in decline and bracing for a return to L.A.

  7. raiderapologist says: Jul 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    humb0lt says: Jul 25, 2012 3:36 PM

    The Raiders were blacked out 11 consecutive games in 2009-10. In those two seasons, 15 of the Raiders’ 16 home games were blacked out.
    The Raiders are the only team to get shut out twice on Monday Night Football in the same season. That makes it difficult to sell tickets.
    —-
    Last season they didn’t have any blackouts. The Chargers did. And while average game attendance in the NFL as a whole is down 4.5 percent since 2007, the Raiders’ attendance has actually gone up the past two seasons. No team stays on top forever, unless it’s a team like San Diego that never gets on top to begin with.

  8. scumbolt2012 says: Aug 4, 2012 11:53 PM

    Chargers suck

  9. scumbolt2012 says: Aug 5, 2012 12:02 AM

    This rule was made to help the vagrants that make up the fan-base of San Diego. Chargeless the only team in history of sports to forfeit entire season (2002) due to lack of interest. They’re worse off and more pathetic than Jacksonville. San Fee-ache-oh only team in history to be constant never-was. Norv will be turned out after week 9 when Chargers start 0-9, scoring only 3 touchdowns in that span while surrendering a staggering record 535 points in only 8 games. This will finally cement their legecy as the worst franchise in history of professional organized sports.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!