Raiders avoid Black Hole blackout

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The NFL continues to move toward completing eight weeks of the 2013 regular season without a single blackout.

According to the Contra Costa Times, the Raiders have sold out the reduced-capacity Oakland Coliseum for Sunday’s visit from the Steelers, which means that the game will be televised locally.

The Raiders have now sold out all four 2013 home games, and 19 of their last 20.

No NFL game has been blacked out to date, but those efforts have been aided by the ability of teams to reduce the minimum obligation from 100 percent of the non-premium tickets down to 85 — and to buy any unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.  Teams like the Dolphins and Buccaneers have avoided one or more blackouts this season using both tactics.

The Rams, who have been tight lipped in the past about whether they’ve reduced their minimum ticket requirement or bought up excess tickets, are the last team standing in the way of eight full weeks of technically sold out games.  Regardless of how many tickets are sold to actual persons for Monday night’s game, it’s hard to imagine many showing up for the Monday night game against the Seahawks, given that the Cardinals will be hosting the Red Sox less than a mile away for Game Five of the World Series.

35 responses to “Raiders avoid Black Hole blackout

  1. The Bengals have the best lease, (for the team) in the NFL. All tickets that go unsold, are purchased by the city of Cincinnati, per the lease agreement. Which begs the question, if the tickets are guaranteed to be purchased, how can we ever have a blacked out game. Greedy SOB’s!

  2. Well there’s no doubt this Sunday’s game is sold out. There’ll likely be more steeler fans than raider fans.

  3. It’s an embarrassment, looking at the Oakland Colosseum on game day. There is SO much black tarp stretch over all the unneeded sections, that it looks like they’re preparing to play a little kid’s T-Ball.

    Despite the false bravado from the “nation” people, I’m betting that there will be substantially more yellow in those stands, than black and silver.

    Either way, it’ll be an unwatchable game. I pray that CBS won’t air it here in sunny southern California.

  4. Gee, how nice of the Raiders and the NFL not to black out a game in a stadium paid for by the taxpayers of Alameda County.

  5. MegaHead will soon be down for the count and when that happens, the Donkeys will be up the creek without a paddle.

  6. joetoronto says:
    Oct 25, 2013 12:31 PM
    MegaHead will soon be down for the count and when that happens, the Donkeys will be up the creek without a paddle.

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    And Oakland will still be in the cellar looking up.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    MegaHead will soon be down for the count and when that happens, the Donkeys will be up the creek without a paddle.

    As always, you fail to grasp the core subject of the article. You Canadians sure do love your non-sequitur.

    But to humor your own silliness. Even if Denver falls back, it won’t matter, because the Raiders will still wind up far behind them, the Chiefs, and the Chargers.

    Plus, you can see the Raiders are already screwing up their chance at next year’s first pick. They’ll finish this season with a handful of wins, and lose out to the Jags, Bucs and Giants.

  8. Steelers haven’t won at Oakland SINCE 1995. Oak has been bad for a while, probably better this year then many of the past 10…Steelers are 1-4? Have the steelers EVER won a west coast game since modern era?

    My money, by far, is on Oakland. Sorry Steeler fans (who are mostly bandwagon fans), you’re going to lose this one.

    The Steelers draw at all stadiums around the country is a simple result of winning a lot os SBs recently…AKA bandwagon fans.

  9. Steelers are 1-4, you asked…
    Uh, no.
    They are TWO-and-four.
    And have the Steelers EVER won a west coast game since the modern era? Apparently they have. I believe you said in 1995. Or isn’t 1995 “modern” enough for you?

  10. well I do expect a lot of towels in the stands on Sunday, but expect pretty much the same ending that it has been in 3 of the last 4 games, and the same ending in has been in games played in Oakland since 1995……Nothing like the greatest games ever played in the 70’s but still have to love to hate the steeelers..GO RAIDERS!

  11. Yellow towels in Oakland will quickly turn to red. This is an equal matchup, but I’ll take the Raiders. First game at home without the infield, TP will be 100yrds on the ground and plus 200 in the air.

  12. You Steeler fans are funny. Remember back in 2006, when the Raiders had their worst statistical season in history and you were reigning superbowl champs? How’d that play out?

    In Pittsburg in 2009 and career backup Bruce Gradkowski set a record for 3 fourth quarter tds in the fourth quarter. I believe you were coming off a superbowl season that year too.

    And lets not forget, last year when we had Greg “Dirt” Knapp calling the plays and Carson “Pick 6” Palmer at the helm, Big Ben flopped like a little girl when he got hit by seymour and we still got the W. What is in the water in Pitt?

  13. Dennis Allen’s Outgoing Persona says:
    Big Ben flopped like a little girl when he got hit by seymour and we still got the W.

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    we actually lost that game played in Pitt, but big bens knees buckling from a little seymour slap, is classic.

  14. ya you got all of 90 total yards that game and won…such an awesome team and organization the raiders have…now if you only had the hardware like the steelers then you could talk! til then…ssshhhh…lil girls..

  15. It’s a miracle the Raiders avoided the blackout, considering the crappy team they are playing this week…

  16. Dennis Allen’s Outgoing Persona says: Oct 25, 2013 6:34 PM

    In Pittsburg in 2009 and career backup Bruce Gradkowski set a record for 3 fourth quarter tds in the fourth quarter. I believe you were coming off a superbowl season that year too.

    And lets not forget, last year when we had Greg “Dirt” Knapp calling the plays and Carson “Pick 6″ Palmer at the helm, Big Ben flopped like a little girl when he got hit by seymour and we still got the W. What is in the water in Pitt?
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    Lets not forget 2010 when we beat the Raiders 35-3 or that one doesnt count because Steelers won lol . Go Steelers!!

  17. Gee, realitycheck … maybe the guy who obsessively comments about them. Based on your behavior, you eat, sleep, and breathe Steelers. Have you considered a 12-step program?

  18. Deb:
    I would think that would depend on which time zone a team is entering.
    You say the Steelers left today (Saturday)? For a game tomorrow? I’ve always thought eastern teams arrived in the west 48 hours prior to kickoffs, to get acclimated to the time difference. But I can’t say for sure.
    I truly cannot understand the reason the Steelers are 0-9 in their past 9 west-coast trips. In 2011, the 49ers were simply the better team. But west-coast teams being better certainly hasn’t always been the case.
    BTW: The Raiders are 0-10 after bye weeks. Something’s going to have to give…

  19. bob …

    I thought teams traveling across country left on Friday as well. For whatever reason, jet lag is a bigger problem for me going west to east, but a lot of people struggle going east to west. LaMarr Woodley posted a photo of himself on the plane about 2 p.m. EST today with a caption that said, “Oakland hear come SteelerNation.” So it seems they were in the air then.

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