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No blackout for Raiders

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The Raiders don’t know yet whether or not Terrelle Pryor will recover in time from his concussion to start against Washington on Sunday, but the answer will be available on local television.

Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com reports that the team has sold all the non-premium seats to Sunday’s game, allowing them to avoid a television blackout. It’s the second time in two home games that the Raiders, who dropped their capacity by almost 11,000 seats this season by blocking off many seats in the upper deck, have avoided blackouts this season.

The Raiders have avoided blackouts in 17 of their last 18 games, a change for the better after years where games would rarely find their way to local television because of shortfalls in ticket sales.

There have been no blackouts through three weeks of the season. Jacksonville is trying to avoid breaking that streak with alcoholic enticements to ticket buyers for this weekend’s game against the Colts.

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  1. dasmol says: Sep 26, 2013 4:25 PM

    They’re doing so well, maybe now they can lift those tarps and uncover those 11,000 seats. Naw…bandwagon still needs to fill up a little more first.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Sep 26, 2013 4:26 PM

    Congratulations, Oakland fans, you get to watch Matt Flynn play QB!
    *everyone weeps*

  3. mackcarrington says: Sep 26, 2013 4:36 PM

    This could be a sign of the future. Pro football stadiums may soon be built with only a max capacity of 45 to 50,000 seats, like in baseball. Gone may be the days of the 80,000 seat stadium.

  4. hendeeze says: Sep 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    Mackcarrington:

    Are you nuts? Why would anyone use Raiders attendance as a benchmark?

    Frankly saying the Raiders have sold out games is nonsense. They reduced overall seats. Every stadium would “sell out” if they diminished capacity to fit their 2 for 1 ticket sales.

  5. radrntn says: Sep 26, 2013 4:56 PM

    Go Raiders!!!!!!

  6. alonestartexan says: Sep 26, 2013 5:04 PM

    It’s extremely sad to have a franchise like the Raiders in the situation that they’re in. Love them or hate them, the Raiders are a premium brand and don’t deserve to be wasting away in Oakland.

    At least in Los Angeles, they averaged over 70,000 fans per game, even if it looked pathetic in the 92,000 seat Coliseum.

    What does it say for a franchise like the Raiders (winning or not) to feel the need to build the smallest stadium in the NFL?

    MackCarrington, only a handful of teams have a problem selling out games, and they’re mostly terrible franchises. Stadiums will never go that small.

  7. johninthewest says: Sep 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    What’s there to watch??

  8. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 26, 2013 5:07 PM

    This story has nothing to do with the Jags but they always find some way into every blackout article even though Jags didn’t reduce capacity to 85% like Raiders, Bucs and Dolphins and zero blackouts going on 4 years now even with an ATROCIOUS team. That tarp with the raider emblem covering the entire upper deck is classic though.

  9. humb0lt says: Sep 26, 2013 5:38 PM

    This will be the most interesting game of the week that nobody wants to watch.

  10. mackcarrington says: Sep 26, 2013 5:55 PM

    @ hendeeze & Alonestartexan Not just using the Raiders as a benchmark. When you consider The PSL’s, the cost of the tickets, concessions, and parking and transportation to the stadium, the ridiculous blackout rules, (which have been modified to allow more TV games), and the civic cost of building new stadiums, yes, smaller stadiums would seem to be a practical and sensible way to go.

  11. mrgroovesd says: Sep 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    85% rule and they still have a hard time filling the seats? It happens…now everyone will comment that they should move to LA.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    Nothing beats the sex appeal of the silver and black. It was true in 1960 and it’s still true today.

  13. rg3andthensome says: Sep 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    Blackout at my house every Sunday!

  14. rayguyreturns says: Sep 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    All these losing seasons and still we sell out. So much for the “bandwagon fan” theory in Oakland.

  15. raiderapologist says: Sep 26, 2013 7:12 PM

    humb0lt says: Sep 26, 2013 5:38 PM

    This will be the most interesting game of the week that nobody wants to watch.
    ———–
    humb0lt comments on almost every Raider post, but rarely has anything to say on those rare occasions PFT writes about the Chargers. He must have a Raider Image card stashed somewhere in his wallet.

  16. zeddicuszorander says: Sep 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Sep 26, 2013 7:12 PM
    humb0lt says: Sep 26, 2013 5:38 PM

    This will be the most interesting game of the week that nobody wants to watch.
    ———–
    humb0lt comments on almost every Raider post, but rarely has anything to say on those rare occasions PFT writes about the Chargers. He must have a Raider Image card stashed somewhere in his wallet.

    —————————————————

    See your boy Joetoronto as the poster child for trolls on PFT. He makes Vox look sane. Missing from most Raider stories, but always pops up on Charger posts.

    Humbolt learned it from watching your golden boy Joe Canada there skippy.

    Now know your role and shut your mouth.

  17. germanstingray says: Sep 26, 2013 7:49 PM

    There’s certain to be a “brownout” every week as sewage seeps onto the field. The NFL and the health department may have to halt games due to the risk to player health.

  18. dumbolt says: Sep 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Sep 26, 2013 5:38 PM
    This will be the most interesting game of the week that nobody wants to watch.

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    thats ok cuz, we can go watch the cowboys instead when they host the chargers….problem is we might be the only chargers fans there.

  19. dasmol says: Sep 27, 2013 12:07 PM

    rayguyreturns says:
    Sep 26, 2013 6:36 PM
    All these losing seasons and still we sell out. So much for the “bandwagon fan” theory in Oakland.

  20. dasmol says: Sep 27, 2013 12:08 PM

    Two for one tickets sales, 11K seats tarped off, yeah…no blackouts

  21. raiderapologist says: Sep 28, 2013 1:19 AM

    dasmol says: Sep 27, 2013 12:08 PM

    Two for one tickets sales, 11K seats tarped off, yeah…no blackouts
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    Nobody complained when you guys tarped off your trophy case. Move along, nothing to see here….

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