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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.

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32 Responses to “Blackout lifted, Raiders will be televised in Oakland again”
  1. 7pints says: Sep 21, 2012 11:57 AM

    Congratulations! 85%… very impressive. Lol. No doubt they will be 0-5 at the very minimum.

  2. mjbulls45 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:57 AM

    the spread shrunk from 5.5 to 4…

    by kick-off it could be 3.5

    someone knows something,

    put $$$ on the Raiders

  3. realnflmaster says: Sep 21, 2012 12:00 PM

    Everyone with a brain knew Palmer was done after 2008.

  4. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 21, 2012 12:04 PM

    Like I said before can’t miss taking a dig at the Jags.

  5. jjackwagon says: Sep 21, 2012 12:06 PM

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

  6. calibear831 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:07 PM

    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!!

  7. nmrdr795 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:09 PM

    FIRE KNAPP!!! still early we can save the season with Al saunders.

  8. moss49thteam says: Sep 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    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.

  9. zoxitic says: Sep 21, 2012 12:11 PM

    What an irrelevant franchise.

    Just move, baby.

  10. ninerdynasty says: Sep 21, 2012 12:11 PM

    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..

  11. lunarpie says: Sep 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    Its all Gregg Knapp’s fault and his offensive play calling. Hopefully, RM will get the message and put Al Saunders back in power.

  12. ravenator says: Sep 21, 2012 12:17 PM

    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

  13. johnnybgood19 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    It is hard to believe that West Coast Steeler fans have not bought the stadium out. Normally the Steeler fans out number the home fans at away games.

  14. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 21, 2012 12:23 PM

    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.

  15. hummer53 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:25 PM

    Even Ice Cube will stop watching by the time of the Jaguar game.

  16. dannymac17 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    Fantastic.

    Now the Raider fans can see their team go 0-3.

  17. mullman76 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:38 PM

    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.

  18. dasmol says: Sep 21, 2012 12:46 PM

    87 blackouts and counting since moving back to Oakland in 95? Wow! That’s pathetic on an epic level.

  19. 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.”

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

    Losers.

  20. tatum064 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:13 PM

    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.

  21. justwinbaby29 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:14 PM

    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.

  22. zoxitic says: Sep 21, 2012 1:21 PM

    @joetoronto

    87 blackouts since 1995. LOL.

  23. duncanthecat says: Sep 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    For us Bay Area viewers thank God For Sunday Ticket so we don’t have to watch this garbage.

  24. gmen1987 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:57 PM

    Time to move the Raidahs back to LA.

  25. r8rnuck says: Sep 21, 2012 2:47 PM

    seriously, why would the jags need to be thrown into this?

  26. natelan69 says: Sep 21, 2012 2:52 PM

    That’s horrible news for Raiders fans!

  27. vincentbojackson says: Sep 21, 2012 3:19 PM

    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.

  28. souldogdave says: Sep 21, 2012 3:20 PM

    The bigger story is that San Diego is 2-0 and playing another undefeated team, but the game is blacked out!

  29. flaccotoboldin says: Sep 21, 2012 3:37 PM

    They shouldn’t have fired their HC. Yeah, get a new GM in there, but give the HC one more year to do the best with the pieces he acquired.

  30. csilojohnson says: Sep 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    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.

  31. commitment2excrement says: Sep 21, 2012 5:50 PM

    the take-a-knapp offense strikes again! How the Raiders manage to lift a blackout during the Steelers bye week is remarkable!

  32. cortizzle510 says: Sep 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    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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