Blackout lifted, Raiders will be televised in Oakland again

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Despite a disappointing 0-2 start, the Raiders have sold enough tickets to lift the local television blackout: The team has announced that Sunday’s home game against the Steelers will be shown on local TV in the Bay Area.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the game is sold out: The Raiders have taken advantage of the new NFL rule that allows them to appear on local television while only 85 percent of their tickets have been sold. The Raiders said “we expect a very full house” but did not officially say the game has sold out.

Sunday’s game will be the Raiders’ 10th consecutive regular-season home game to be shown on local television. But selling enough tickets to lift the blackouts may get harder if the Raiders keep losing.

Sunday’s game against the Steelers is a relatively easy one to sell out because it’s still early in the season and because the Steelers always have a healthy number of fans who travel to see their teams in road games. But before the Raiders’ next home game, on October 23 against the Jaguars, they have road games against the Broncos and Falcons, and their bye week.

It’s entirely possible that the Raiders will be 0-5 before they play at home again, and entirely possible that the Jaguars will be 0-5 heading into that game, too. That’s not a recipe for sellout. Or a game the fans would even want to watch on TV.

32 responses to “Blackout lifted, Raiders will be televised in Oakland again

  1. Im sure this game has been sold out for a while, because i tried buying tickets for this game on the 1st day that tickets went on sale for the raiders n no luck, all tickets were sold, had to get my tickets off stubhub! @ a more expensive price!!

  2. Sunday’s game against the Steelers is a relatively easy one to sell out because it’s still early in the season and because the Steelers always have a healthy number of fans who travel to see their teams in road games.

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    Always a spot for a gratuitous Steelers are great and here to save the day because what would the NFL do without them remark.

    Hey Oakland….. Thank God for the Steelers, otherwise you would not get to see your local team play. Just wanted to let you all know.

  3. I’m wondering if Allen was the wrong choice for this team. say what you want about Hue, at least under him they were a much better team.. they just had penalties issues with him. Allen only coordinated 1 year and then jumped into a HC job.. Sadly for raider fans, i think he’s well over his head..

  4. Raiders mop up an old and slow Pittsburgh team. Once again the restructured contracts of their defensive players pops up. Tell me hows that return on investment working out for you? Too late management decided to pay it out. hit the hit the books nex next year

  5. So the so called Raider Nation (more like Raider Township) escaped yet another blackout. That’s ok Raider fan. You’re still the blackout champs with 87 blackouts and counting since moving back to Oakland in 95. You will be getting that 88th blackout in the near future. Keep your head up.

  6. Haters are obsessed with the RAIDERS like no other team in the NFL.

    No other NFL team draws more interest, win or lose.

    I can’t wait to hear the deafening silence from these same donkeys when the RAIDERS start hurting some feelings.

  7. “This marks the 10th straight regular-season home game that sold out in advance of the league-mandated deadline, 72 hours before kick-off. The Raiders sold out all eight of their regular-season home game last season.”

    I doubt the Raiders have played the Steelers 10 games in a row.

    Losers.

  8. 7pints says:
    Sep 21, 2012 11:57 AM
    Congratulations! 85%… very impressive. Lol. No doubt they will be 0-5 at the very minimum.

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    Its b.s.- the game was sold out a full 3 days before the deadline. Pittsburgh travels….but they dont travel THAT well.

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 21, 2012 12:48 PM
    “This marks the 10th straight regular-season home game that sold out in advance of the league-mandated deadline, 72 hours before kick-off. The Raiders sold out all eight of their regular-season home game last season.”

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    I guarantee I see more Raider fans travel to other stadiums than Pittsburgh fans. And year WE UPSET THE STEELERS IN THE 2-14 season – and in 2009 with Bruce Gradkowski

    get over it, already. You may win the battle – but the match^up is still LEGENDARY no matter what our record.

  9. I think the Raiders can win this game. Cross country trip for Pittsburgh, banged up and a bad offensive line the Raiders can do well against.

    I admit I overestimated the Raiders this year (I’m a fan what can I say?). I had us at 9-7 now it looks like we’ll be in the 4-6 win range.

    Give Reggie McKenzie time (took over a tough situation) he will get this once proud franchise back at the top of the NFL.

  10. jjackwagon says:
    Steelers also have a large bandwagon fanbase around the country due to being revelant recently.

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    Recently? They have 6 Lombardi’s and only two of them came “recently”. The Steelers have been selling out road games around the country for 4 decades. That’s one old bandwagon.

  11. No fanbase travels like the Steelers. Raiders fans travel more? That is a joke. You can’t even sell out your home games unless a popular team plays there. Take off the homer glasses.

  12. It’s all BS! I called the Raiders 2 weeks before the season Opener to buy tickets to this Sundays game, they only were selling season ticket packages. They restricted the sale of the Pittsburg game.

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