Chargers, Raiders swap of home games still looming

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Earlier this month, MDS pointed out that the success of the Oakland A’s could prompt a shift in the Raiders schedule.

Per Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, the Raiders and Chargers are still waiting to hear whether they’ll be trading home games, with the October 6 game moving from Oakland to San Diego, and the December 22 game moving from San Diego to Oakland.

The move would accommodate the A’s postseason schedule.  It also would give each team a three-game home stand, with San Diego’s coming from Week Four through Week Six and Oakland wrapping the season with visits from each of its AFC West rivals.

Players and coaches would welcome not having to travel.  The folks who sell the tickets, however, won’t relish three straight weekends with minimum sales requirements to lift the local blackout.

The Chargers already had to scramble to sell out their Week One home game.  One or more blackouts would become likely if they play three straight home games starting September 29.

The Raiders would welcome not having to play another game on the dirt infield at the stadium they share with the A’s.  Owner Mark Davis has called the arrangement a “travesty.”

20 responses to “Chargers, Raiders swap of home games still looming

  1. “The move would accommodate the A’s postseason schedule.”

    “The move would accommodate the Super Bowl Champion Ravens’ home opener”

    MLB can get bent on this one.

  2. Welcome to 2013, Raiders. Even the Chargers have a football-only facility (as old as it may be).

    I’m assuming league priorities are negotiated on a stadium-by-stadium basis. Can’t imagine an A’s playoff game generating more attendance (or ratings) than a Raiders game. Even the Raiders can get 30,000 attendees for a regular season game; not sure an A’s postseason game could do the same.

  3. Playing in San Diego is like a home game for the Raiders, it really is.

    Even if both Charger fans show up at the same game. 🙂

  4. if the teams involved here are playoff hopefuls then i see it as a good thing playing home games 3 times in a row…but of course if there 1-5 or 3-8 by the time games come around then of there wont be sell outs and certain blackouts ..it really wasnt fair that the ravens had to be the visitors on opening day when they played denver when the norm is super bowl champs get the home field on opening day usally ..but then again if John Harbaugh is giving away his top players ( Antwan Boldin) to his brothers 49ers then hes either not caring as much as last year or he feels sorry for his lil bro after beating him last super bowl..

  5. “The Raiders would welcome not having to play another game on the dirt infield at the stadium they share with the A’s. Owner Mark Davis has called the arrangement a “travesty.””

    Davis was talking about his team

  6. According to the postseason schedule on the MLB website, the ALDS doesn’t even have a game scheduled for October 6th…so I don’t understand why this is an issue.

    Can’t they make the necessary seating/field changes for one day to accomodate the Raiders?

  7. Technically, shouldn’t Black outs in Oakland be called Brown outs from now on?

    It’s funny that the A’s can sell out the stadium but the Oakland Browns can’t.

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